Embezzlement of Aid by Polisario Reveals Connections between Organized Crime and Terrorism, Says Swedish Writer

Stockholm - The embezzlement of aids by Polisario, unveiled by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), reveals the existing connections between organized crime and terrorism, says Swedish writer Annika Borg.

The OLAF report, completed in 2007 but whose content has been buried until recently, shows that the Polisario has committed "large-scale fraud" in Tindouf camps, western Algeria, says Borg in a column published Friday by the Swedish newspaper, Barometern OT.

According to OLAF, Polisario has swelled the number of people in the camps to get more humanitarian aid, the Swede writer says, recalling that the European Budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva deemed unnecessary in 2007 to reduce the annual 10 million euro aid and therefore did nothing about it, despite being aware of the facts.

Worse, says Borg, it turned out that Islamist extremists are conducting a recruitment campaign in the camps, which reveals the links between organized crime and terrorism.