October 13, 2006

U.S. Businessman Gets Seven Years for Terror Ties

Only seven years? From U.S. Businessman Gets Seven Years for Terror Ties: A Dallas 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, 52, 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 the Palestinian militant group Hamas.