Judge in Trial of Muslim Charity Leaders Bars Some Evidence

August 14, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Herald Tribune

Wire Service: AP


DALLAS: Lawyers for Muslim charity leaders accused of aiding Middle East terrorists scored a rare win in court Tuesday when a federal judge blocked some evidence seized by Israeli soldiers during raids of Palestinian organizations.

The evidence included memos indicating that the governing Palestinian Authority believed the militant group Hamas controlled Muslim social agencies supported by the Texas charity, according to a court filing by prosecutors.

Defense lawyers had objected that some of the documents were not signed or dated, and they cast doubt on Israel's handling of the evidence.

Five former leaders of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development are charged with funneling millions of dollars to Hamas, which the U.S. government designated a terrorist organization in 1995. The trial is in its fourth week of testimony.