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    ISLAMIC LEADER TIED TO LIBYA IS DENIED BAIL Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 10/30/03 http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/30/national/30TERR.html ALEXANDRIA, Va., —
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      ISLAMIC LEADER TIED TO LIBYA IS DENIED BAIL
      Eric Lictblau, New York Times, 10/30/03
      http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/30/national/30TERR.html

      ALEXANDRIA, Va., — A federal judge on Wednesday denied bail to a
      prominent
      Islamic leader accused of illegally funneling money from Libya,
      saying the
      man posed too great a risk of fleeing the country if freed from
      custody.

      The decision by the judge, Claude Hilton, to deny bail to the Islamic
      leader, Abdurahman M. Alamoudi, came at the close of a contentious
      hearing
      that offered a preview of the arguments in a case being closely
      watched by
      counterterrorism officials and Muslim leaders.

      Mr. Alamoudi, 51, a founder of the American Muslim Council who has had
      access to top American officials, pleaded not guilty to charges that
      he
      illegally laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars from Libya. He
      was
      stopped by British officials in London in August with $340,000 in
      cash that
      American prosecutors said he had received from the Libyans.

      Mr. Alamoudi is not charged with any offenses involving terrorism, but
      prosecutors said they suspected that he had financial links to groups
      like
      Al Qaeda and Hamas....

      Defense lawyers accused prosecutors of trying to "slander and defame"
      their
      client by raising links to terrorism that they cannot prove in court.
      Stanley Cohen, one of Mr. Alamoudi's lawyers, described the
      government's
      case as "allegations of white-collar crime dressed up in terrorism
      drag."

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