Developments in Prosecutions of U.S. Charities: Holy Land Foundation, Care Int., & Al-Haramain-Oregon

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March 1, 2012

Below is the latest news in the Holy Land Foundation, Care International, and Al-Haramain-Oregon cases. More about all these cases available here. 


Holy Land Foundation Defendants Denied Rehearing

On Feb. 17, 2012, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request for rehearing in the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) appeal. The defendants are the Holy Land Foundation and five former officers and employees of HLF, an organization that provided humanitarian aid to people living in the West Bank until shut down by the government in 2001. They had requested a rehearing of the court’s earlier denial of their appeal of criminal convictions for conspiracy to provide material support and other charges. More about HLF available here…
A defendant in the Care International charity case has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision to reinstate a charge of conspiracy against him, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported Feb. 18, 2012.  Samir Al-Monla, had been cleared on all charges until the First Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated his January 2008 conspiracy conviction in September 2011. There is no word yet on whether the Supreme Court will accept the case for review. Al-Monla’s sentencing for the conspiracy conviction is scheduled for May 31. More about Care International available here…

Pete Seda Begins Prison Term; Appeal Pending

On Feb. 29, 2012, the former head of Al-Harmain Foundation of Oregon-based charity began his 33-month prison sentence for money-laundering and tax evasion. In September 2010, a jury found Pete Seda guilty of helping to smuggle $150,000 to Saudi Arabia through his Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Oregon. The case is now on appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The charity is also known for winning the first judgment against the United States for an illegal wiretap of its communications with its attorneys. The government is appealing that ruling. More about Pete Seda and Al-Haramain (Oregon) available here…