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BUSH REGIME PREPARES SHOW TRIAL FOR TWO MUSLIM CHARITIES

Prosecutors may be considering a public show trial in addition to financial sanctions against the groups, which have been falsely accused of funneling money to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.
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2 MUSLIM CHARITIES GET U.S. SUBPOENAS
By Laurie Cohen, The Chicago Tribune, 1/15/2002
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Representatives of two southwest suburban Muslim charities whose assets were frozen last month by the U.S. Treasury Department have been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago.

The grand jury involvement appears to indicate that prosecutors may be considering criminal charges in addition to financial sanctions against the groups, which have been accused of funneling money to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network.

On Monday a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago declined to comment.

Lawyers for the charities--Benevolence International Foundation and Global Relief Foundation--denied any links to terrorism and said Islamic charities have faced intense scrutiny because of political pressure in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Matthew Piers, a lawyer for Benevolence International, said one of the group's former employees was among those subpoenaed, although no date has been set for testimony. A Global Relief employee who received a grand jury subpoena was questioned by FBI agents and subsequently excused from testifying, according to Roger Simmons, a lawyer for that group.

Also Monday, Rabih Haddad, Global Relief's chairman, who had been detained in Michigan on visa violations since the government shut down the charity, was moved to the Chicago by the U.S. Marshals Service. A spokeswoman for the service in Chicago declined to comment on the reason Haddad was moved but said he would be held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center...

SEE ALSO: MARSHALS TAKE CUSTODY OF HADDAD
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