Spanish daily El Confidencial reported on Wednesday that Aymen Adlbi, 74, of Syrian origin and appreciated by mainstream Spanish power circles, is suspected of “financing jihadist groups in Syria”. The CIE is an official body and the interlocutor of the Spanish State on all that relates to the Iberian Muslim community.
Adlbi, who has been the main interlocutor of the state since he was elected head of the CIE last summer, is accused of the crimes of belonging to a criminal organization, of collaboration with a terrorist organization, of financing of terrorism, money laundering, tax evasion, falsification of documents and promotion of illegal immigration, according to anti-terrorism sources. Other people were arrested during the operation.
Even if he was granted provisional release, this arrest rekindles the race to take control of the Islamic Commission in Spain. Contacts have already started between the leaders of the Muslim community in Spain to prepare the succession of Aymen Adlbi. Spaniards of Syrian and Moroccan origins and to a lesser extent Pakistanis are eyeing the post. Unless Madrid opts for the solution of a Spaniard converted to Islam and familiar with the workings of the CIE, members of these groups hope to be elected.