17 Sep, 2019 @ 12:31
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Respected fruit shop owner in Spain’s Malaga financed his jihadi wife’s mission to join terrorist group ISIS in Syria

KNOWN as Mohamed or Juan in the Malaga neighbourhood, Fouad L was a respected greengrocer. 

The introverted and shy man owned and managed Super Verde on Calle Eugenio Gross in the capital.

Little did the residents who appreciated him know that he was spending their cash financing ‘one of the most dangerous and wanted terrorists in Europe’ – his wife Fadoua H.

Now, Fouad L is facing 10 years behind bars after Policia Nacional raided his shop and home in April last year.

The prosecutor is also seeking disqualification for a profession or trade in educational, sports or leisure activities for 20 years, as well as a period of probation for another seven years.

The prosecution claims that between March and November 2016, the suspect made, from Malaga, ‘constant contributions’ of money to cover his wife’s travel expenses to Turkey and Syria so that she could ‘join the armed jihad.’

This aid also partially benefited a 25-year-old Palestinian whom he had met on the Internet and who was considered an intermediate command in the ISIS logistics team.

Both his wife and the Palestinian, ‘thanks to the money contributed,’ managed to join the terrorist group in Syria, according to the prosecutor.

The women would have made several trips to Turkey in order to move to the conflict zone and enlist in ISIS, he added.

The wife’s last trip was in November 2016, from which she has not returned.

Her husband transferred €6,329 via Western Union and used an unnamed witness in the case to send a portion of it as it went over the limit for international money movements.

The husband will be sentenced at the end of this month.

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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