German media is reporting that Berlin police have raided homes and offices suspected of coronavirus aid fraud, including a Millî Görüş mosque. According to the Berliner Zeitung report:
September 2, 2021 Berlin – Due to large-scale fraud with Corona emergency aid, the Berlin police searched several homes and offices on Thursday morning. According to the Berliner Zeitung, the investigators are targeting the mosque association “Haci Bayram”, which has its headquarters on Koloniestraße in Gesundbrunnen. An association for cultural interaction is also involved in the criminal machinations. During the raid, evidence was secured in Reinickendorf, Wedding, Gesundbrunnen, Spandau and Kreuzberg, the public prosecutor’s office announced. Three preliminary proceedings are led because of subsidy fraud against the associations, it was further said. In the early morning, five search warrants and one arrest warrant were executed, according to police. Investigated are against three suspects who, in their own names or in the name of associations illegitimately applied for and received Corona aid worth 47,000 EUR. Although the associations concerned had not incurred any compensable losses as a result of the pandemic, they are said to have received subsidies, according to the public prosecutor’s office. In one case, the funds were allegedly transferred from the association’s account to the private account of a defendant on the same day. [Translated by DeepL with edits]
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According to Turkish media, the Haci Bayram Mosque belongs to the Millî Görüş movement. Millî Görüş is a Turkish religious and political movement founded by Necmettin Erbakan, Erdoğan’s political mentor, which has called for an end to the secular regime in Turkey. The GIOR has reported about the German government’s assertion that Turkish President Erdoğan’s AKP party has intensified its relations with Millî Görüş in Germany.