IRFAN-Canada, a Muslim charity that works largely in Palestine, has come under the RCMP scanner as their offices in Ontario and Quebec were raided. Earlier, the federal auditors had accused it of sending almost $15 million to the Palestinian group, Hamas, that is a designated terrorist group in Canada. Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams raided the head office of the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy — Canada in Mississauga, Ont. on Monday, as well as a private residence in Montreal.
“An extensive amount of documentary evidence along with stored media, money and other records were seized,” the RCMP said in a statement issued shortly after the government announced the former charity had been outlawed.
IRFAN-Canada lost its charity status in 2011 after an audit by the Canada Revenue Agency called the group an “integral part” of an international fundraising effort that supported Hamas, the terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip.
“IRFAN-Canada has knowingly financed Hamas … for many years,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said. “The well intentioned and charitable Canadians who sought to support humanitarian relief through this organization deserve better.”
Yavar Hameed, an Ottawa lawyer, was quoted as saying “On its face, we believe it is an unfair and unconstitutional decision.”