Saudis ban major charity
ABU DHABI Saudi Arabia has banned a leading Islamic charity accused
of financing groups deemed terrorists.
Authorities have shut down the Administration of Mosques and Charity
Projects, banning it from conducting any activities.
"The decision was made to control the charities and prevent the ill
motivated from penetrating them," an official said.
Officials said the United States conveyed a request for the charity to
be shut down. They did not elaborate.
The Administration of Mosques and Charity Projects has asserted that
it raised funds to build 1,500 Islamic schools in the kingdom and
abroad since 1990. The group also said it has published Islamic tracts
and provided preachers for mosques.
This was the first time Saudi authorities shut down an Islamic charity
since June 2004. At the time, Riyad dissolved Al Haramain Islamic
Foundation, accused by the United States of financing Al Qaida.