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Charity seeks to distance itself from fugitive founder

The defunct U.S. chapter of an Islamic charity indicted on tax evasion and money laundering charges has asked a federal judge to force prosecutors to present their case or drop all charges for good. The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Ashland also wants to be dropped as a co-defendant in a combined federal lawsuit filed by Sept. 11 victims against people and groups alleged to be terrorists or who aid terrorists. Federal prosecutors had filed a motion earlier this month to dismiss the charges against the foundation chapter, calling it a “functionless shell” left behind by its founder, Pete Seda, and Soliman Al-Buthe, a Saudi Arabian national, both international fugitives. Full Story

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