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Two sisters and a man in western Switzerland are under investigation for terrorist financing, reports newspaper NZZamSonntag. 

According to the Swiss Office of the Attorney Generalexternal link, they are suspected of transferring funds to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS). 

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The office first opened the criminal case against the three people in March. The two sisters, who live in canton Vaud, were temporarily in custody. One supposedly travelled to Syria and paid about $6,400 (CHF6,270) to a middleman who was in contact with the IS head of finance. Her sister is accused of paying around $630 to the terrorist group. 

The man in question is the ex-partner of one of the women. Their son, a minor, has been under investigation since 2016. It appears that he had been planning to join IS. 

Currently, the attorney general’s office is looking into about 60 cases related to jihadism.

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