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Indictments re: illegal fund transfers to Iraq, visa fraud

[JURIST] Attorney General John Ashcroft Wednesday announced indictments against four individuals who had illegally transferred to Iraq funds solicited in the name of the Help The Needy organization contrary to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The Attorney General said "As President Bush leads an international coalition to end Saddam Hussein's tyranny and support for terror, the Justice Department will see that individuals within our borders cannot undermine these efforts." A second indictment was announced against a University of Idaho graduate student and citizen of Saudi Arabia, who was being charged with fraudulently obtaining student visas and making false statements on visa applications and related paperwork. The second indictment also alleged that he had maintained websites that had promoted terrorism through suicide bombings and using airplanes as weapons. Read the DOJ press release; review the Iraq fund transfer indictment [PDF] and the student visa and terrorist website indictment[PDF] (both from FindLaw).

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