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Isa Qassim’s Trial to Be Held on Wednesday | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Sheikh Isa Qassim is accused of being in contact with enemies of Bahrain. AFP: Mohammed al-Shaikh

Manama – Bahraini Judicial System will bring Isa Qassim to trial on charges of “illegal fund collections, money laundering and helping terrorism” on July 27. The religious cleric was stripped of his nationality on June 20.

First General Attorney Ahmed al-Dosari spoke of the charges of illegal fundraising and money laundering of a number of civil associations and persons.

Public Persecution had finished its investigations regarding these allegations and decided on referring three cases to specialized courts.

Three men, including Qassim, will be standing trial in the case. The trio has been charged with money laundering as well as illegal fundraising and attempts of hiding the source of the money and legalizing it.

Dosari announced that the public persecution interrogated the second and third suspects after it has been proved they are involved in the case. They also confessed that Qassim used to collect money without seeking the required authorization. The defendants confessed that Qassim instructed them to join him and raise funds for him.

They added that as soon as the money was collected; it would be given to Qassim to spend as he deem appropriate.

One of the defendants confessed that since 2013, Qassim stopped depositing money in the personal accounts he had started for the purpose of collecting money.

According to the defendant, Qassim had been collecting the money with him and used some of the money to buying properties registered under his name.

Investigations also confirmed the claims of two of the defendants and revealed that Qassim had illegally collected money and deposited an amount of ten million dollars in his personal bank account.

Qassim kept the remaining funds with him to avoid legal implications and being tracked. It was also confirmed that he had bought a property worth of a million Bahraini dinars.