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US Muslim Charity Leaders Jailed For Aiding Hamas

Two founders of a U.S. Islamic charity will likely spend the remainder of their lives in prison for their role in the largest terrorism financing case in American history, six months after a federal jury found all five men guilty of funneling millions of dollars to the Palestinian group Hamas.

The top volunteer fundraiser and brother of Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal, Mufid Abdulqader, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for three countes of conspiracy.

Last November a grand jury convicted the Holy Land Foundation and five of its leaders for conspiracy to support a foreign terrorist organization, money laundering, tax fraud and other charges.

The group said it focused on legitimate disaster relief and aid to Palestinian refugees.

"I did it because I cared, not at the behest of Hamas," Shukri Abu Baker, 50, told a federal court in Dallas as U.S. District Judge Jorge So

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Added: May-28-2009 
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