Charity Leaders Reportedly Attended Meeting of Hamas Supporters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - A judge in Dallas has rejected a defense motion for a mistrial for some leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.

Also, an FBI agent Monday testified that leaders of the Dallas-area Muslim charity helped plot how to derail a Middle East peace accord.

Agent Lara Burns said the defendants feared the deal would prevent the elimination of Israel.

The agent said leaders of the Holy Land Foundation were among U.S. supporters of the Palestinian militant group Hamas who met at a Philadelphia hotel in 1993.

Holy Land Chief Executive Shukri Abu Baker and four others are charged with aiding a terrorist group, conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly funneling money to Hamas.

They deny the allegations.

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