Danish court dismisses Israeli claims against Muslim charity

A Danish court cleared two members of the country's branch of a Muslim charity who were allegedly accused by Israel of transferring money to the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

Danish court dismisses Israeli claims against Muslim charity

A Danish courtcleared two members of the country's branch of a Muslim charity who wereallegedly accused by Israelof transferring money to the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

Tuesday's ruling followed a decision by the judges that the authenticity of thedocuments provided by the Israeli government cannot be verified at all,according to the AFP news agency.

Rachid Issa, chairman of Al Aqsa Foundation in Denmark,and his deputy, Ahmad Suleiman, were arrested in December 2005 after they werecharged of violating Denmark'santi-terror laws, that were passed by the parliament in 2002.

Danish authorities also froze between $45,000 and $215,000 of Al AqsaFoundation's assets following police charges that the organization financedPalestinian resistance groups.

In 2002, the foundation transferred about $61,000 to the Islamic CharitableSociety and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.

Danish prosecutors and Israeli officials claim that both groups belong toHamas, which is classified by the European Union, the United States and Israel as a "terror" group.

But the Copenhagen City Court ruled that there was no evidence that the moneyended up in Hamas' hands.

Issa and Suleiman were the first to be charged under Denmark'santi-terror laws that were tightened following the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

The two men had pleaded innocent.

It was not immediately clear whether prosecutors would appeal the ruling.

Source:Agencies

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