Syrian refugee lauded for returning €150,000 found from donated closet

  • Muhannad M. found €150,000 in a cabinet after moving into his new flat in Minden, north Rhine-Westphalia
  • Muhannad was cleaning the donated cabinet when he discovered a hidden compartment where two sheets of wood had been screwed together
  • The man was stunned to see savings books that were worth €100,000, plus €50,000 in cash inside the hidden compartment
  • Muhannad informed the migration authorities who then told the police, explaining that his religion forbids him from keeping the money for himself

NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA, Germany – A Syrian refugee in Germany is being lauded for his honesty after he returned a huge sum of money to the police which he discovered in a donated cabinet.

Roisin O’Connor mentioned in her article for The Independent that Muhannad M. found €150,000 in a cabinet after moving into his new flat in Minden, north Rhine-Westphalia.

The 25-year-old Syrian refugee was able to furnish his flat majorly because of contributions from charities, and the closet was included among the donations.

Muhannad was cleaning the donated cabinet when he discovered a hidden compartment where two sheets of wood had been screwed together. The man was stunned to see savings books that were worth €100,000, plus €50,000 in cash inside the hidden compartment.

“They were all new €500 notes. I thought it was fake money,” Muhannad said; adding that he checked the currency online to check if the notes are real.

An article by Justin Huggler for The Telegraph said Muhannad informed the migration authorities who then told the police; explaining that his religion forbids him from keeping the money for himself.

“Allah would never allow me to finance my own interests with someone else’s wealth,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police are now trying to track down the owner of the money found in the cabinet.

“This young man has acted in an exemplary way and deserves great respect,” a police spokesperson said.

“It sometimes happens that smaller amounts of money are handed in. But this kind of money is the absolute exception,” the spokesman added.

Muhannad, who arrived in Germany in October 2015, said the rest of his family are still in Syria. The man escaped the civil war presently happening in his country that has destroyed large parts of Syria since it broke out in 2011.

image by Minden Police
Image by Minden Police

 

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