Kosovo seeks to expel Iranian suspected of backing terrorism

Kosovo seeks to expel Iranian suspected of backing terrorism

Authorities suspend 5 Muslim organizations and ask to expel head of Shi’ite group for money-laundering and terror funding

Pristina, Kosovo (Arild Vågen/Wikimedia Commons/File)
Pristina, Kosovo (Arild Vågen/Wikimedia Commons/File)

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovo prosecutors have asked a court to expel an Iranian man from the country on charges related to money laundering and terrorism funding.

A statement from the special prosecutor’s office in Pristina says the Iranian was the head of a local Shiite group called Kur’ani.

The statement identified him only as H.A.B. and said he had not shown the sources and destination of hundreds of thousands of euros spent between 2005 and 2015. It said withdrawals from the bank account are much larger than the income from donations and that the Iranian has lied about the origin of donations.

Due to the investigation, authorities have suspended five Muslim organizations operating in the country. The statement didn’t give any more details about why they had been suspended.

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