The U.S. Treasury is looking for data from Toyota about how the terror group has gotten hold of the automaker’s trucks, which have been appeared in ISIS purposeful publicity videos.
In a statement, Toyota said it is a piece of a more extensive U.S. Treasury inquiry looking all the more carefully on how international supply chains and capital stream into the Middle East. The solicitation of Toyota with respect to their trucks was initially reported by ABC News.
Toyota is “focused on going along completely with the laws and regulations of every country or district where we work and require our dealers and distributors to do likewise. We are supporting the U.S. Treasury Department’s more extensive inquiry into international supply chains and the stream of capital and products in the Middle East,” Toyota representative Ed Lewis told CNN.
Lewis said its unimaginable for any automaker to totally control how vehicles could be misused, stolen or exchanged by free outsiders.
“Toyota has a strict arrangement to not offer vehicles to potential buyers who may use or change them for paramilitary or terrorist exercises, and we have strategies and contractual duties set up to help keep our items from being redirected for unapproved military use,” Lewis said.
Lewis proposed the inquiry investigates various privately owned businesses.
“Our comprehension is that Treasury has been directing a wide audit of supply chains and the stream of products into the Middle East, including budgetary foundations, makers and vitality organizations.”
The Treasury Department would not remark about which organizations it has looked for data from however said there is a continuous endeavors to comprehend ISIS financing.
“In accordance with our usual way to deal with comprehension ISIL’s money related and monetary exercises, we are working intently with outside partners and partners around the world,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.
The Toyota Hilux pickup — a model like the Toyota Tacoma that is sold in the U.S. — and Toyota Land Cruisers have gotten to be installations in the terror group’s purposeful publicity videos, as per media reports late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux have adequately turned out to be a piece of the ISIS brand,” said one previous U.S. diplomat to the U.N., Mark Wallace, cited in an ABC News report.
Wallace is as of now CEO for the Counter Extremism Project, which expects to uncover terrorists’ monetary systems. “I don’t believe Toyota’s attempting to deliberately benefit from it, yet they are on notification now and they ought to accomplish more,” Wallace included.
Questions about ISIS’s use of the vehicles have circled for a considerable length of time, with the terror group accepted to have repurposed more established Toyota trucks and in addition securing several new vehicles. In a late ISIS parade, more than 66% of the vehicles were white Toyotas with dark tokens, and there additionally were little quantities of different brands, for example, Mitsubishi, Hyundai and Isuzu.