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Mar 30, 2019 - Zoltán Kovács

Suspected Syrian terrorist arrested in Budapest received one of the EU’s prepaid debit cards

It’s outrageous. And through the payments to the card, according to reports, he was getting paid more than a minimum wage earner in Hungary.

The story has been all over the Hungarian press this week. A Syrian national by the name of F. Hassan was detained in Budapest by the officers of the Counterterrorism 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 IS leader. According to TEK, after applying and receiving asylum in Greece, F. Hassan took advantage of the open-border Schengen Area and visited several other European countries before arriving in Hungary.

The suspect, in attempting to avoid detention, claimed ties to secret services. At a court hearing, he claimed to be an agent of the Greek secret service and was working to track down jihadists who had escaped to Europe.

Much credit goes to Hungary’s TEK forces for detaining the suspect, but this story has a deeply disturbing side.

The Hungarian government had warned that these anonymous, prepaid debit cards posed a security risk. After initial denials, the Commission finally admitted that the United Nations and the European Union have been distributing these cards to migrants who have reached the territory of the EU. Some 64,000 debit cards were distributed to migrants in January alone.

And it gets worse.

Reports say that he 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.

That’s why we say, the citizens have right to know what Brussels is doing.