Major federal suit against Muslim charity ends in mistrial

Holy Land Foundation
The federal government’s costly and complex terrorism-funding suit against five former officials of a now-defunct Islamic charity ended in mistrial last month—marking another high-profile setback for the U.S. Justice Department.

President Bush had announced in December 2001 that he was freezing the assets of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation, declaring that the radical group Hamas was a major recipient of money from the charity. At the time, Holy Land was considered the largest Muslim charity in the U.S.

The case against the foundation and five of its officials, which included 197 counts, charged that Holy Land supported terrorism in sending more than $12 million to charity groups (“zakat” committees) that build hospitals and feed the poor.


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