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 authorities.
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 accountable:
“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 establish.”
Kovacs believes the EC has become too lenient with the migrants while maintaining stricter policies toward locals.