Charity or Terrorist Fund Raiser?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - Prosecutors in Dallas are trying to prove that a Muslim charity based in suburban Dallas was actually a fund-raising arm of Middle Eastern terrorists.

For the trial, prosecutors have produced scores of documents, audio and video tapes, and intercepted phone calls.

Those who track terror-financing say the document haul from the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development has produced new information.

They say the documents shed light on a web of related organizations of militant Palestinian supporters in the United States, some of whom saw their goal as destroying Western civilization.

The Holy Land Foundation was shut down in December 2001 and accused of being a fund-raising front for Hamas. Five of its former leaders are on trial in Dallas, charged with sending more than $12 million in illegal aid to Hamas.


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