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Islamic Leader Tied to Libya Is Denied Bail

A federal judge on Wednesday denied bail to a prominent Islamic leader accused of illegally funneling money from Libya, saying the man posed too great a risk of fleeing the country if freed from custody. The decision by the judge, Claude Hilton, to deny bail to the Islamic leader, Abdurahman M. Alamoudi, came at the close of a contentious hearing that offered a preview of the arguments in a case being closely watched by counterterrorism officials and Muslim leaders. Mr. Alamoudi, 51, a founder of the American Muslim Council who has had access to top American officials, pleaded not guilty to charges that he illegally laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars from Libya. He was stopped by British officials in London in August with $340,000 in cash that American prosecutors said he had received from the Libyans. Full Story

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