Police and Tax investigators raided the al Fitrah mosque and eleven more buildings in Utrecht, Tilburg, Brabant, the Hague, Nieuwegein, and Zuid-Holland on Thursday in an anti-money laundering operation.

Prosecutors believe that a network of mosques, educational and charity institutions are a front for large scale money laundering.

Hundreds of thousands of in-cash contributions from the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, and other Middle Eastern states are channeled through the network and part of the funds is remitted abroad. The operation is run by a family network led by Tilburg imam Ahmad Salam and his two sons; there is also a fourth suspect.

There is no statement from the public prosecution as yet.

(Omroep Brabant, NOS, Netherlands Times, DutchNews)