Members of an Islamic charity linked to the terrorist front known as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have been convicted of funding Islamic terrorism.
Leaders of the Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development –Ghassan Elashi, Shukri Abu-Baker, Mufid Abdulqader, Abdulrahman Odeh and Mohammad El-Mezain– were convicted on all 108 criminal counts, including supporting terrorism, money laundering, and tax fraud, the New York Times reports. The government said the group, which was shut down in 2001, directed millions of dollars to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which the government declared to be a terrorist group 13 years ago.
Meanwhile, CAIR is having legal problems of its own, WorldNetDaily reports. The group is being sued for fraud.
CAIR was profiled by Capital Research Center in a piece by Daniel Pipes and Sharon Chadha called “The Council on American-Islamic Relations: The benign public face of America’s ‘Wahhabi Lobby.'” The article ran in the August 2005 edition of Organization Trends.