The Crescent Report

November 24, 2008

MAS Freedom Responds to Holy Land Foundation Re-Trial ‘Guilty’ Verdict

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 7:52 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MASNET) Nov. 24, 2008 MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), has learned of today’s announcement that the Dallas, TX jury in the Holy Land Foundation re-trial has returned with a guilty verdict for the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) and five of its former leaders. 

 

“It is amazing how two different juries can hear the same evidence and come up with a different conclusion,” stated MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray.

 

Central to many in the Muslim community is the unprecedented use of designating over 300 individuals, including many major Muslim organizations, as “unindicted co-conspirators.” MAS Freedom has strongly protested this and continues to fight this abuse by the US government. “Use of the wholesale designation “un-indicted co-conspirator” smears the reputation of well-respected Muslim organizations and their leaderships and it cannot be allowed to continue,” stated Bray. 

 

“MAS Freedom will continue to fight for the rule of law in our country and against the U.S. government’s continued and outrageous overreach in prosecuting members of the Muslim community diligently striving to protect and feed hungry children; not only here at home, but in Palestine and anywhere else where we can have a significant impact in averting a crises’ of hunger.” 

 

Additionally, we will continue to challenge our government’s infringement upon the constitutionally protected rights of the freedom of religion and speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment,” Bray concluded.

 

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RELATED:

Holy Land Charity, Chairman Found Not Guilty

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=4474

 

Holy Land Foundation ‘Not Guilty’

http://www.masnet.org/news.asp?id=4473

 

ACLU Challenges Government’s Authority to Designate Charities as Terrorists Without Due Process or Court Oversight

http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=80698

In October 2008, a federal judge granted the ACLU’s request for an emergency order blocking the government from designating KindHearts as an “specially designated global terrorist” (SDGT) without further judicial review. Today’s (Nov. 24, 2008) motion asks the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio to lift the freeze on KindHearts’ assets and to block the threatened designation of the charity as an SDGT, or, in the alternative, to block the threatened designation until KindHearts has been provided with constitutionally adequate due process approved by the court.

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