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Islamic Cultural Institute of Milan

In 1995 Italian authorities conducted their first investigation on Islamic radicals in the
country, focusing their attention on the ICI in Milan. At the time the ICI was led by
members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and in particular by Anwar Shabaan, who died in
Bosnia while leading the notorious mujaheddin battalion of Arab volunteers.

Italian authorities analyzed the activities of several companies that were linked to the ICI.
Of particular interest was a company called Paradiso, which used to run two businesses
related to the mosques. Paradiso used to run some refugee centers for immigrants in the
Milan area. Paradise's director was the above mentioned Anwar Shabaan.

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Documents seized at the ICI in Milan

In 1995 Italian authorities conducted their first investigation on Islamic


radicals in the country, focusing their attention on the ICI in Milan. At the
time the ICI was led by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and in
particular by Anwar Shabaan, who died in Bosnia while leading the
notorious mujaheddin battalion of Arab volunteers.
Italian authorities arrested more than 60 people at the end of the
investigation and most of the charges involved document forging or
smuggling illegal aliens.

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Italian authorities also found several seals, rubber stamps and other tools
typically used to forge documents inside the offices of the ICI. Moreover,
several blank and counterfeited documents were found inside the ICI. At the
time the ICI was the headquarters for Islamic militants going to fight in
Bosnia and the ICI provided them with false documents. Considering that
Anwar Shaaban was at the same time the imam at the ICI and the leaders of
Arab fighters in Bosnia, we can see that the leadership of the ICI played a
major role in supplying them with documents.

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It should also be noted that the ICI has been under the spotlight since 1995
and every single investigation conducted in Italy (and many in Europe) has
passed thru the ICI, which is now considered one of al Qaeda's headquarters
in Europe.