Two men on trial in Paris on charges of financing terrorism in Syria

14 September, 2022
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Two men on trial in Paris on charges of financing terrorism in Syria

Since Tuesday, two young men in their twenties have appeared before the Paris Criminal Court on suspicion of financing "terrorist" acts in Syria by France through cryptocurrency networks between 2018 and 2020.


The court will continue to investigate the case of the two young men, Sami Allam, a 26-year-old French-Algerian, and Abdel-Rahman al-Sheikh, a 23-year-old French-Moroccan, until Friday, on charges of "participation in a terrorist group" and "financing terrorism". Both are sentenced to 10 years in prison.


The two young men were referred to trial after a massive operation on September 29, targeting a network of money transfers to Syria, following a report issued by the Financial Intelligence Service "Trakvin", which combats secret financial channels and terrorist financing.


It is suspected that Sami Allam, who is under pretrial detention in Paris, opened accounts on the Internet and cryptocurrencies for elements of the "Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham", as well as Abdul Rahman al-Sheikh, who was released under the supervision of the French judiciary.


It is suspected that the defendants were related to Masoud Sekerji, nicknamed Abu Musa, and Walid Fikar, nicknamed Abu Daoud al-Maghribi, two members of HTS who went to Syria in 2013 and were identified as being behind this electronic financing system. On April 13, 2016, they were sentenced to 10 years in prison, accompanied by an arrest warrant for creating a “terrorist criminal group.”


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