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Companies gave to charity linked to al-Qaeda

Big international corporations, including Microsoft, UBS and Compaq, were among the donors to an Islamic charity that US officials say was one of the leading financiers for Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda organisation. In evidence filed in its case against Enaam Arnaout, who headed the Chicago-based charity Benevolence International, the US Justice Department says the charity received both direct employee donations and matching grants from those companies. Microsoft told the Associated Press that it contributed about $20,000 (€18,500) to BIF over “a period of time”, but ended the matching grants after it learned of the terrorism allegations. Both UBS and Hewlett-Packard, which acquired Compaq last year, said they had also severed their ties with the charity. Full Story

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