A suspected ISIS terrorist who was
apprehended in Budapest was found to have been carrying an EU prepaid debit
card which he apparently used to fund his day-to-day activities. The suspect
claimed that he works for a Greek security services provider when questioned by
Hungary’s Secretary of State for
International Communications and Cabinet Office spokesperson, Zoltan Kovacs,
issued the following details:
“A Syrian national by the name of F.
Hassan was detained in Budapest by the officers of the Counter-terrorism Centre
(TEK) on suspicion of acts of terror, including involvement in explosive
attacks and carrying out multiple executions in his homeland in 2016.
“TEK collaborated with Europol and
the secret services of several countries to investigate the alleged criminal
activities and European network of the Syrian man, who is thought to have been
a high-ranking ISIS leader.”
Kovacs also expressed alarm over the
issuance of pre-paid EU debit cards to migrants who have reached the territory
of the EU.
According to Kovacs, 64 000 of these
pre-paid cards were distributed to migrants in the month of January 2019 alone:
“And it gets worse, reports say that
received a monthly payment of 500 EUR on his debit card. That’s
well over today’s gross minimum wage in Hungary.”
“The pro-immigration interests in
Brussels are going too far. How many European citizens would knowingly support
half-baked ideas like distributing to migrants pre-paid debit cards, charged up
with EU taxpayer money? Not only will it do nothing to stop migration, but
worse, this will put the safety of Europeans at risk.”
The European Commission said that the
cards are anonymously distributed to asylum seekers and only valid in Greece,
however Hungarian administration refuted their claims.
Kovacs wants to hold the EC
“The EC… says that ‘there are no
anonymous debit cards’. However, they themselves admit that the single form of
identification regarding the bank cards is a number.
“Did you get that? While EU nationals
are required to abide by strict regulations to hold bank cards, Brussels
doesn’t expect the same from migrants whose identities are often impossible to
Kovacs believes the EC has become too
lenient with the migrants while maintaining stricter policies toward locals.