Monday, November 12, 2007

Seda stays in lockup another 24 hours

by Mark Freeman from the Mail Tribune (US: Oregon)

Should Pirouz Sedaghaty, also known as Pete Seda, win release awaiting his April trial on money-laundering and tax-cheat charges stemming from activities of his defunct Ashland Islamic charity, it likely would be under a series of conditions that would be monitored by federal agents ... The government's February 2005 indictment charges that Seda helped his Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation chapter partner, a Saudi Arabian national named Soliman Al-Buthi, smuggle $150,000 from Ashland to Saudi Arabia in 2000 to help Chechen Muslims the government later tied to international terrorism. The tax charge stems from Seda's alleged attempt to hide the smuggling on the chapter's 2000 tax return. While the FBI was investigating Seda in 2004, he went to the Middle East and remained in countries without extradition agreements with the United States. Al-Buthi, who also faces conspiracy charges, is in Saudi Arabia, which has no extradition agreement with the United States. Al-Buthi and the Al-Haramain chapter have been designated by U.S. officials as supporters of international terrorism. Seda has not.

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