Heads of US charity convicted on terror-financing charges(Read article summary)
Five leaders of the Holy Land Foundation funneled money to organizations controlled by the militant group Hamas, a jury decided Monday.
A Texas-based Muslim charity, the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, and five of its former leaders were convicted Monday of funneling $12.4 million to the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas between 1995 and 2001. In 1995, the United States designated Hamas as a terrorist group, and donations to the organization are illegal. The Holy Land trial was the biggest terrorism-financing case since Sept. 11, 2001, and marks the government's first victory against terrorism funding.
The former head of the charity, Ghassan Elashi, and the former chief executive, Shukri Abu-Baker, were convicted of 69 counts including money laundering and tax fraud.
Mufid Abdulqader and Abdulrahman Odeh were convicted on three counts of conspiracy, and Mohammed El-Mezain was convicted on one count of conspiracy to support a terrorist organisation.
The Holy Land group was convicted on 32 counts.
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