US businessman gets 7 years for Hamas connections

October 13, 2006 00:42

A businessman was sentenced Thursday to nearly seven years in prison for having financial ties to a high-ranking terrorist and for making illegal computer exports to countries that support terrorism. Ghassan Elashi was convicted during two separate trials on 27 counts, including conspiracy and money laundering. Elashi faces a third trial in February for his role in helping run the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, a Muslim charity that federal agents shut down in 2001 after the government accused it of funneling millions to Hamas. Holy Land officials have said the group aided hospitals, schools and orphans in the West Bank and Gaza.

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