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Saturday 16 December 2017

Suspect released after being quizzed in Isil cash probe

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Ken Foy

A Moroccan national who was arrested by the Garda anti-terror unit on suspicion of laundering money for the terrorist organisation Isil has been released without charge.

A file has been sent to the DPP, gardaí confirmed.

An Algerian national, who was arrested following the same raids, has not yet been released.

Detectives from Counter Terrorism International (CTI) swooped on the two men in Dublin on Monday morning following a lengthy operation involving international police agencies. The duo were arrested at addresses in Swords and Stepaside.

A senior source said the men, aged in their 30s and 40s, have lived here for a number of years and were suspected of using Irish bank accounts for the transfer of money connected to the notorious terror group.

"This operation is focusing on money laundering taking place in Ireland for Isil," the senior source said.

The men were detained at Blackrock garda station after their arrest under the 2015 Terrorist Act.

Several follow-up searches were also carried out at other locations.

A number of documents and items - including electronic devices - containing financial details were seized by gardaí.

The operations were part of an ongoing investigation carried out by the CTI unit.

It has also been assisted by security agencies from other countries.

Irish Independent

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