The Helsinki Police Department are into money transfers from Finland to Somalia worth of tens of thousands of euros, the commercial Finnish television channel Nelonen’s news programme Nelosen Uutiset reported on Tuesday.
The aim of the investigation is to find out if the transferred funds are being used to fund terrorism. No evidence of this has thus far been found.
According to Nelosen Uutiset, at the heart of the investigation lie anonymous money transfers made through the so-called Hawala informal value transfer system. For example al-Qaeda is suspected of having used Hawala to transfer funds to its terrorist cells.
In the case investigated by the Helsinki Police Department, crime suspicions relate primarily to activities and bookkeeping by those banking the sums.
The use of Hawala in and of itself is not a crime.
Certain Somali-background individuals living in Finland are suspected of economic crimes.