Dallas Feds Will Try Again in Terror Finance Trial

Federal prosecutors in Dallas will try again to get convictions in a terrorism finance case allegedly linked to Hamas. The first trial turned into one big flop. Can they pull it off this time or do they simply not have the goods?

By Carrie Johnson and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON – The government’s largest terrorism financing case returned to a courtroom in Dallas this week as prosecutors once again try to secure criminal convictions against five men for allegedly raising more than $12 million in what investigators call “blood money” to support overseas suicide bombings.
The case against former leaders of the Holy Land Foundation, a Texas charity that authorities shuttered seven years ago because of its alleged links to the militant Palestinian group Hamas, comes nearly a year after a previous trial ended in disappointment for the government. Jurors acquitted one man outright on 31 charges and deadlocked on charges against the others. Senior U.S. District Judge A. Joe Fish declared a mistrial in October 2007.
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