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Man Guilty in Case of Terror Ties

Federal Jury in N.Va. Convicts Former Businessman of Lying. A federal jury yesterday convicted a former businessman of lying about his ties to a terrorist leader, marking the second time Soliman S. Biheiri has been found guilty in a sprawling probe into whether Islamic charities in Northern Virginia were financing terrorist organizations. Biheiri, 52, was convicted of concealing his business connections to Mousa Abu Marzook, a leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, who has been designated a terrorist by the U.S. government. The federal jury in Alexandria deliberated for just two hours before reaching its verdict. Biheiri was indicted in May on the Marzook charge and on separate counts of passport fraud and hiding his dealings with Sami al-Arian, a Florida college professor charged with being a leader of the terrorist group Palestine Islamic Jihad. A judge dismissed the al-Arian count, and Biheiri last week pleaded guilty to illegally possessing and using a U.S. passport to enter the country. Full Story

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