Retrial of Hamas Financing Case Begins in Dallas

September 22, 2008

Author: Paul J. Weber

Source: The News Tribune

Federal prosecutors Monday started a second attempt to convict leaders of a Muslim charity on charges of financing terrorism after the first trial last year ended with a mistrial on most of the allegations.

The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development is accused of funneling more than $12 million dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which the U.S. government considers a terrorist organization.

Five members of Holy Land, the largest Muslim charity in the U.S. before it was shut down in 2001, face charges ranging from conspiracy to supporting a foreign terrorist organization. Each has pleaded not guilty.