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Mamode Rechad Golamaully, 63, Zulekha Bibi Cassam Mohamed Golamaully, 66, and Mohamed Cassam Mohamed Hansrod, 62. These three individuals were arrested by Interpol-Mauritius and the Terrorism Financing Unit of the Central Criminal Investigation Department (CCID) on 4 July 2024 on suspicion of alleged terrorist financing. They are respectively the father, mother and uncle of Zafirr Golamaully, 35.

The thirty-year-old is a Mauritian suspected of having transferred money, sent by relatives, to a terrorist organization in Turkey – where he lived – operating under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). Except that some time ago, he died. But the Interpol investigation continued. It concerns the crime of financing terrorism in Mauritius.

The three members of Zafirr Golamaully's family are suspected of having financed him for terrorist activities. It was thanks to an investigation report transmitted by Interpol in London that the Central Barracks were able to arrest these people in Mauritius.

On 4 July 2014, all three were provisionally charged with financing terrorism when they appeared before the Port Louis court. Magistrate Prashant Bissoon granted them bail after the police did not object to their release. They will, however, have to appear before the court again on 18 September 2024.

Mamode Rechad Golamaully, the father, as well as Mohamed Cassam Mohamed Hansrod, the uncle, each paid a bail of Rs 25,000 and signed an acknowledgement of debts of Rs 50,000 each. Zulekha Bibi Cassam Mohamed Golamaully, the mother, had to provide a bail of Rs 50,000 and signed an undertaking of debts amounting to Rs 100,000.

Another condition attached to their bail is that they must report once a day to the local police station between 6 am and 6 pm. The mother has retained the services of Mr. Shaukat Oozeer and Mr. Saniyya Badabhai. The father is represented by Mr. Naasira Punjoo, while Mr. Sharvan Mooneesawmy is defending the uncle.

It was with supporting documents and after sifting through the various money transactions between the three relatives and the deceased that the can of worms was discovered by the British anti-terrorist services. At the end of their investigation, they transmitted evidence demonstrating the money transfers made by relatives living in Mauritius to Zafirr Golamaully and his wife Nazimabee in Turkey. In 2014, the deceased and his sister Lubnaa Golamaully had gone to England for studies. Their parents and an uncle had sent sums of money to their account.

In front of Interpol investigators, the parents and the uncle denied any involvement in the crime of financing linked to terrorism for which they were provisionally charged. Mohamed Cassam Mohamed Hansrod explained that as an uncle, he financially helped his sister for the children's studies. According to him, this would be the reason why he had sent money to Zafirr Golamaully. They also explained that the latter and his wife had gone to countries, such as Turkey, for voluntary aid.

Who was Zafirr Golamaully?

Zafirr Golamaully studied at the Royal College of Curepipe from 2001 to 2007, before leaving Mauritius for Dubai in 2014. He was a rock fan. He was known to be a calm, bright and studious person. His sister attended Queen's Elizabeth College. She was also bright and studious.

Uncle and aunt already convicted in 2016 in England

On 22 November 2016, Mohammed Iqbal, aged 55, and his wife Nazimabee Golamaully, aged 53, both based in London, were sentenced to 25 months and 22 months in prison respectively by Judge Anuja Dhir (Queen Counsel) at the Old Bailey Court. This was reported by the English newspaper Evening Standard. The Mauritian couple were found guilty of transferring money to their nephew Zafirr Golamaully, who had left to join the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria.

Prosecuted at the Old Bailey Court in London under section 15(3) of the Terrorism Act 2000, the husband and wife pleaded guilty. Mohammed Iqbal and Nazimabee Golamaully, then aged 48 and 46, were arrested by police after transferring £219, or about Rs 11,826, via Western Union to the account of a man named Mohamed Alhmidan, considered a front man for the Islamic State based in Turkey. The money was intended for Zafirr Golamaully.

In her judgment, Justice Anuja Dhir (QC) expressed concern that the uncle was an intelligent, respected and well-regarded man in his neighbourhood and at work. However, she expressed disappointment that he had acted in this way.

As a reminder, in the 1990s, Mohammed Iqbal Golamaully had left for England and worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital before becoming the director of a private hospital. In March 2015, Zafirr Golamaully was in Syria before being joined by his sister Lubnaa Golamaully. Money transfers made by Mohammed Iqbal and Nazimabee Golamaully to their nephew and niece had been investigated. The couple was suspected of financing ISIS across the world.

Rs 224,956 sent by relatives

Mamode Rechad Golamaully, a 63-year-old schoolteacher living in Vacoas, is accused of having transferred Rs 44,956 to his son Zafirr Golamaully who was suspected of being involved in terrorist activities in Syria, particularly in the “Islamic State of Iraq” and the “Levant” (ISIS). This sum of money was then given to a man named Alsaled Alhmidan Mohamed, an agent in Turkey. The offence was allegedly committed between 11 August and 12 November 2014 at BA Exchange in Port-Louis.

Zulekha Bibi Cassam Mohamed Golamaully, née Hansrod, aged 66, is accused of having, for her part, made a transfer of Rs 130,000 to her son. Money which was then sent to a certain Hasan Batan, an agent in Turkey. The offence allegedly occurred between April 13 and August 16, 2016 at BA Exchange, Port-Louis.

Mohamed Cassam Mohamed Hansrod, 62 years old and residing in Port-Louis, allegedly transferred Rs 50,000 to his late nephew. The money had been sent to Canan Aydin Zelo, an agent in Turkey. The crime allegedly took place on February 4, 2019 at BA Exchange in Port-Louis.

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