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Muslim Charity Appeals Ruling on Assets

A Muslim charity accused by the government of funding the militant Islamic group Hamas urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to throw out a ruling that upheld a freeze on the organization’s financial assets. The Texas-based Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development denied it ever donated money or provided services to Hamas, considered a foreign terrorist group by the State Department. The group said it provides relief to refugees, orphans and victims of human and natural disasters. “We want to make charitable and humanitarian contributions,” John Cline, a Holy Land attorney, told a panel of judges before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Cline alleged the government violated the group’s constitutional rights to a trial, freedom of religion and speech, and protection against unwarranted searches and seizures when the Treasury Department froze the group’s assets and closed down its offices in a December 2001 raid. Full Story

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