Manama- Bahrain Public Prosecution announced on Wednesday that an official in charge of the Resala Association has been sentenced on terrorism charges and currently is on the run in Iran.
The indictment came after suspicious financial activity was reported. Prosecution kept information concerning the bank account belonging to one of the clerics affiliated with the association reserved. The cleric’s account was found to include unidentified 10 million dollars.
Chief prosecutor Mohammed al Maliki on Wednesday said that all investigations regarding the illegitimately received funds, money laundering activity and other illegal transactions affiliated to the organizations Reesala and Islamic Awareness are ongoing.
Maliki clarified that investigations proved that the chief convict currently is present in Iran. He is assumed to be managing the association overseas.
Maliki said that Public Prosecution called in all suspects concerned with running the associations for investigation. They were charged with collecting funds without a license and money laundering. However, they were released until investigations are concluded.
On the other hand, Maliki clarified that prosecution in the meantime is investigating notifications made by financial intelligence concerning a number of association members suspected of committing crimes. One of the measures taken by investigations is the freezing of the 10-million-dollar account.
Public Prosecution announced on Wednesday receiving notification by financial intelligence- missioned with counter-corruption and economic security – that the suspects have been raising funds illegally, whether from within the country or abroad.
Based on the findings, the prosecution issued decisions on lifting confidentiality off bank accounts belonging to associated employees, thus gaining access to all transactions, procuring evidence and clarification as to the source of the transaction and as to how the money was being spent.