Bellevue Mosque

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Generalsgatan 2A

The Bellevue Mosque (Swedish: Bellevuemoskén) is a mosque in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is located at Generalsgatan 2A in the "Bellevue" district of Gothenburg. The mosque is administered by the Somali-dominated Islamic Sunni Centre Denomination (Swedish: Islamiska Sunnicentret Trossamfund, ISC) and advocates the Salafi movement of Islam.[1][2]

The mosque has been in the focus of media several times for its alleged ties to various Islamist and terrorist-designated organizations.[3] According to an article in Göteborgs-Tidningen, Mirsad Bektašević, the Swedish citizen of Bosniak descent who was convicted on terrorism-related charges in Sarajevo in 2007, was a frequent attendee of the Bellevue Mosque.[4] In the same article it was further claimed that the mosque had financial ties to the al-Haramain Foundation,[4] a Saudi-based charity group which has been listed on the United Nations list of "entities belonging to or associated with al-Qaeda". Representatives from the foundation are also said to have visited the mosque at several occasions.[4]

In December 2006 it was reported that the mosque has been used to collect money for the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in Somalia.[5]

In July 2009 it was reported that Xasan Xuseen, described as spiritual leader of the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab, had been invited to speak at a conference at the mosque.[1] al-Shabaab has carried out several suicide attacks in Somalia and is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States Department of State.[6] It is also described, although not officially designated, as a terrorist organization by the Swedish Security Service among others.[1][7]

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  1. ^ a b c Cleris, Johannes (2 July 2009). "Terrorutpekad till Göteborg" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved 5 July 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Bergsten, Henrik (25 April 2006). "Så motarbetas integrationen i Sverige" (in Swedish). Uppdrag granskning. Retrieved 2 January 2007. 
  3. ^ Lisinski, Stefan (11 November 2005). "Säpo utreder medhjälp till terrorbrott" (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 2 January 2007. 
  4. ^ a b c Wångersjö, Mats (23 November 2005). "Terrormisstänkt utbildades i mosken" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Tidningen. Retrieved 2 January 2007. 
  5. ^ Sydvik, Per (27 December 2006). "Oroligt bland Göteborgs somalier" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. Retrieved 2 January 2007. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Designation of Al-Shabaab" (Press release). United States Department of State. 18 March 2008. Archived from the original on 19 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "16 mars - om Säpo och om bankernas vinster". Agenda. 2008-03-16. 29 minutes in. Sveriges Television. SVT1. http://svt.se/svt/jsp/Crosslink.jsp?d=73338&a=1085036&lid=puff_1086444&lpos=lasMer.

Coordinates: 57°43′51.30″N 12°01′27.74″E / 57.7309167°N 12.0243722°E / 57.7309167; 12.0243722