Man Pleads Guilty to Lying to the FBI: Investigation of Holy Land Foundation and Hamas
. . . Abdallah was being interviewed by FBI agents in connection with the federal investigation and prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief & Development (HLF) and its officers. At the time of the interviews, Abdallah knew the HLF was a Specially Designated Terrorist organization. Abdallah also knew that when he was interviewed, the HLF and its officers were pending trial in the Northern District of Texas for crimes including providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
During the interviews, Abdallah told FBI agents he was not involved in fund raising activities for the HLF, when, in fact, between approximately 1994 and 1997, Abdallah was involved in numerous fund raising activities, including collecting donations, organizing, facilitating and coordinating fund raising events on behalf of the HLF in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
HLF was designated a terrorist organization in 2001.
The HLF was shut down as a result of the designation and its assets were frozen.
In July 2004, the HLF and seven of its principals were indicted on a variety of charges stemming from its financial support of Hamas, United States v. Holy Land Foundation.
In November 2008, after a two month trial, every HLF defendant was found guilty of their respective charges.
Sentencing is scheduled in Dallas for May 27, 2009.
Arraignment today 5.8.09