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Croatia Blocks Bank Accounts Allegedly Linked to al-Qaida

Government authorities froze the bank accounts of two men suspected of links to al-Qaida, local media reported Thursday. The funds were blocked after a recent investigation of more than 1,000 suspicious accounts based on a U.N. checklist of terrorist organizations or organizations that help them, Ivica Maros, the head of the government’s office that investigates money laundering, told the daily Jutarnji List and other newspapers. Maros refused to disclose the bank or the identity of the account holders, saying only that the balance on the accounts was not a high figure. One of the men was a Saudi; the other a Jordanian. Maros said his office suspects that the accounts were used to channel money to Muslims in neighboring Bosnia, where dozens of dubious organizations were operating during the country’s war for independence from Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Full Story

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