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New federal trial for jihadist “Holy Land Foundation” in limbo After a draw in federal court, a second trial was “discussed” two weeks ago for Islamic jihadists channeling money to Muslim Brotherhood terrorists

(Christian Action Network) A major federal case against alleged jihadist fundraisers for terrorism remains on hold after discussions among prosecutors and defendants took place weeks ago, court sources in Texas confirmed to CAN News Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Texas Northern District Judge Jorge A. Solis spokesperson Brenda Webb said no date for retrial is on the docket for USA v. Holy Land Foundation for relief and development and seven named individual defendants.

A 42-count indictment in 2004 charged the relief agency with funding, “Haradat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyya,” [aka HAMAS] “Arabic for the Islamic Resistance Movement,” stated the 56-page indictment document obtained by CAN News.

The case ended in a mistrial because a jury became deadlocked on findings of guilt in October.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson told CAN News Nov. 7 that a meeting in Dallas federal court would take place to discuss proceedings against the foundation as part of a federal commitment to retry the case.

Two weeks after that meeting, no public records or statements are being released. “The case has no hearing date, and no action is anticipated soon,” Webb said.

She added the Nov. 14 meeting on scheduling issues “yielded no decisions of public record,” she said, and further developments are “in the hands of various parties involved.”

Public Information Officer Kathy Colvin with the U.S. Attorney’s Office said she could only confirm publicly available information on the case. “The judge has issued a gag rule in the case, so I can’t comment any further,” she said.

The Nov. 14 meeting with Judge Solis was to cover scheduling issues following a prior federal jury trial’s “hung jury” that prompted a mistrial order: “The case is to be reassigned to another district judge for retrial.”

The U.S. contends Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for HAMAS and founded what was at its 1988 inception the Occupied Land Fund, to fulfill a fundraising quest for the Brotherhood’s “Palestinian Committee.”

HAMAS used money from U.S. sources to pay for terrorist attacks in Israel as part of their jihadist campaign, according to the case indictment narrative.

They allegedly funded additional programs to placate Arabic residents of the region in order to improve the political position of HAMAS jihadist leaders.

The conspiracy was designed to make discovery and prosecution difficult in the U.S. legal system, a conspiracy led by HAMAS spiritual leader and founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin.

U.S. prosecutors found out how difficult the case was to prove after a two-year legal battle led to a three-week jury trial, a hung jury and the mistrial ruling.

The indictment outlines many subversive efforts, including October 1993, following the Oslo Accords, when Holy Land Foundation leaders met in Philadelphia, PA.

“The purpose of the meeting was to determine their course of action in support of HAMAS’ opposition to the peace plan and to decide how to conceal their activities from the scrutiny of the United States Government,” the indictment stated.

Defendants were named as referring to HAMAS by name, expressing support for their “resistance” methods and goals and stating the U.S. should be “used as a fundraising platform.”

“The attendees acknowledged the need to avoid scrutiny by law enforcement officials…by masquerading their operations under the cloak of charitable exercise,” the indictment stated.

The indictment proceeded to note dates and dollar amounts of laundered moneys in a list of nearly 100 “overt acts” covered as U.S. code infractions, most of them noted as federal felonies.

The jury found guilt in the majority on several counts against several of the defendants, but could not arrive at unanimous decisions.

Court officials said jury records, including hand written notes, are part of the extensive case file. CAN News is seeking those documents.


November 29, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, Homeland security, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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