The Helsinki District Court has slapped so-called "toy smuggler", Finnish-Syrian Rami Adham with a welter of charges relating to alleged crimes committed under the guise of a charity campaign in Syria.
According to the daily Helsingin Sanomat, the charges arose for Adham’s activities for the Finnish-Syrian community and its fundraising and related charitable activities in Syria. Police launched an investigation into the group’s operations in 2016.
Adham is one of four persons charged in connection with the NGO’s activities. One of the four faces charges on one count of aggravated money laundering and two counts of accounting offences.
Last autumn the Helsinki District Court handed Adham a five-month suspended sentence for tax fraud, doping, drug offences, accounting crimes, attempted blackmail and two counts of assault. The tax crimes reportedly dated back to 2012-2013, while the assault allegedly occurred in spring 2015.