tax free terrorist funding

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  1. Surely

    Surely Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 25, 2004
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    The ABC has obtained a summary of Mr Matari's interrogations prepared for the military judge who heard his case, saying the teenager had confessed he wanted to join IS because he was "shocked by the bloody repression in Syria".

    The court dossier said Mr Matari had told interrogators he had been encouraged to join IS in Syria by Sydney man Adnan Baradaaji, who is the head of Australian charity Dar Al Quran Wa Sunnah.

    The charity, which is based in Sydney and Tripoli, was established to raise money for Syrian refugees but Lebanese authorities accused several of its members of fundraising and recruiting for IS.

    Lebanon's military prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for Mr Baradaaji in 2015 in absentia on allegations of fundraising for jihadists.

    Several other members of the charity have been charged in Lebanon including the founder of its Lebanese arm, Ibrahim Barakat, who was arrested in 2015 and described himself to Lebanese interrogators as the religious leader of IS in the country's north.

    Lebanese prosecutors have accused Mr Barakat of fundraising and recruiting for IS, and of leading clashes by militants against the Lebanese Army in Tripoli in 2014.

    According to Mr Matari's court dossier, he told interrogators he had planned to sneak into Syria through the Lebanese border town of Arsal, which is the site of a sprawling refugee camp where Dar Al Quran Wa Sunnah claims to operate.

    The charity has released several videos of its members handing out aid in the camp.

    Mr Matari allegedly told interrogators that after clashes broke out in Arsal between jihadists and the Lebanese Army last July, he decided to take another route to Syria from Lebanon's far north.

    The accuracy of Mr Matari's alleged statements have not been tested in the military tribunal proceedings, where Mr Baradaaji has not been represented by a lawyer.

    Human rights groups have previously accused Lebanese authorities of torturing suspects and forcing them to provide false evidence.

    Sydney charity targeted by Australian police
    Dar Al Quran Wa Sunnah has also been the target of counter-terrorism police investigations in Australia.

    In 2016, two of its members' homes were raided in an Australian Federal Police operation targeting a multi-million-dollar fraud on Australia's family daycare system which police suspected was funding IS.

    Senior counter-terrorism sources have told the ABC the operation was investigating intelligence that more than $13 million in Commonwealth childcare benefits and subsidies was funnelled to the terrorist group.

    The charity's then secretary, Ali Assaad, was ultimately convicted of a fraud totalling only $5,080.

    Organisation still registered as a charity
    Dar Al Quran Wa Sunnah continues to operate as a charity in Australia, registered by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

    The charity collected nearly $1.9 million in donations from Australians in the past two years, according to financial statements lodged with the ACNC.

    The ACNC yesterday refused to answer whether it had taken any action against Dar Al Quran Wa Sunnah, despite telling the ABC in 2015 that the charges against Mr Barakat in Lebanon would "absolutely" trigger an investigation.

    "The ACNC has both information and monitoring powers to help us investigate concerns regarding the activities and operations of registered charities," a spokesman said in a statement prepared for the ABC.

    "Where we find evidence of misconduct or mismanagement, we take action."

    A spokesperson for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it was providing consular assistance to "an Australian man detained in Lebanon" but declined to provide further comment "owing to our privacy obligations".

    The ABC has contacted Mr Baradaaji and Dar Al Quran Wa Sunnah for comment.

    they can at least pay some f**king taxes
  2. butchmcdick

    butchmcdick Guest

    Mar 29, 2006
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    f**kin ABC ignoring these stories

    Oh, wait
  3. t-ba

    t-ba Coach

    Sep 20, 2003
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    Pro Syrian opposition organisation a front for extremist Wahhabi terrorism.

    Well colour me shocked!
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  4. President Trump

    President Trump Juniors

    Jul 24, 2016
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    Shutdown this charity and charge them back taxes!
  5. Game_Breaker

    Game_Breaker First Grade

    Jun 29, 2005
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    They got greedy with the tax rort
  6. Mr Spock!

    Mr Spock! Coach

    Dec 12, 2009
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    They're our besties....
  7. cerberus

    cerberus First Grade

    Jun 17, 2007
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    news limited is another terrorist organisation that doesn't pay tax

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