Bogus Muslim charities are aiding terror groups
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The AgeÂ — Angela Harper/Tip Counter Terror
Australia’s top cop will lead a global conference to combat the funding of terrorism through money laundering in Brisbane this week.
The meeting of more than 300 delegates from the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) comes as the federal opposition calls for a greater focus on bogus charities pumping money into terrorist bodies.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty will co-chair the meeting with the director of Commercial Affairs Department, Singapore, Mr Ong Hian Sun.
While no one representing the delegation would publicly comment, opposition home affairs spokesman Jason Wood said it was important the delegates work on eliminating bogus charities and businesses.
Fake charities profiteer from donations by unsuspecting people, and the funds are then used to finance terrorist activities, he said.
“We need to make sure the mechanisms are in place to prevent Australia allowing terrorist groups to launder money through Australia,” Mr Wood said.
“They (terrorist groups) set up charities, so you have the people with the best intentions donating money to a terrorist organisation and the money is laundered.”
The government should also crack down on the bogus businesses that are set up to launder money offshore to fund terrorist groups such as Jemaah Islamiah, the group behind the Bali bombings, which Mr Wood says raised more than $10 million in Australia.