Sunday, September 21, 2008
Federal Prosecutors Try a Second Time For Convictions Against Former Holy Land Foundation Charity Leaders for Providing "Material Support" to Designated Terrorist Organization
On September 21, 2008, the Washington Post reported that the government will try yet again to successfully prosecute the former leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for rendering "material support" to terrorists, in violation of federal law. Here is an excerpt from the article:
The government's largest terrorism financing case returned to a courtroom in Dallas this week as prosecutors once again try to secure criminal convictions against five men for allegedly raising more than $12 million in what investigators call "blood money" to support overseas suicide bombings.
The case against former leaders of the Holy Land Foundation, a Texas charity that authorities shuttered seven years ago because of its alleged links to the militant Palestinian group Hamas, comes nearly a year after a previous trial ended in disappointment for the government. Jurors acquitted one man outright on 31 charges and deadlocked on charges against the others. Senior U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish declared a mistrial in October 2007.
The turbulent jury deliberations ignited debate about the strength of the government's evidence and its pursuit of financiers who back terrorist groups. In the years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, authorities increasingly have accused suspects of providing "material support" to hostile groups, but the Justice Department's trial record in such cases has been mixed.
For the entire article, see "Terrorism Financing Case Gets 2nd Trial - U.S. Government Again Tries to Link Charity to Hamas" in the September 21, 2008, issue of the Washington Post.