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Sep 28, 2011 18:15
Category: Religious News

Islamic Charity - Sentencing

     EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The leader of the U.S. branch of a defunct
Islamic charity has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison
after being convicted of helping to smuggle $150,000 to Saudi
Arabia.
     U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan said Tuesday in Eugene, Ore.,
that he has no doubt the money went to Islamic fighters battling
the Russian army in Chechnya.
     But Hogan said there's no proof directly linking Pete Seda to
terrorism, so he wouldn't apply the so-called "terrorism
enhancement" that could have sent Seda to prison for eight years.
     Instead, Hogan sentenced Seda to 33 months in prison.
     Seda is an Iranian-born U.S. citizen who ran the U.S. chapter of
the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation based in Ashland, Ore.
     He was convicted last year of tax fraud and conspiracy to
defraud the government.