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U.S. Deports Charity Leader in Visa Dispute

The founder of a Muslim charity accused of funneling money to Al Qaeda has been deported, Justice Department officials said today. His lawyer said he was returned to Lebanon late last night. The man, Rabih Haddad, 41, was the chairman of the Global Relief Foundation, a charity based in Bridgeview, Ill. The government froze the assets of the charity on Dec. 14, 2001, saying it was a financial pipeline to terrorists. Mr. Haddad, a Lebanese citizen who had lived in Ann Arbor, Mich., was arrested that day for overstaying his tourist visa. He was detained for a year and a half, and his case created a furor because he was well-known among Muslims and because the Justice Department initially barred the public from his immigration hearings. Full Story

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