Brothers Plead Innocent to Terror Charge
Jan. 31, 2003
DALLAS (AP) _ Five brothers pleaded innocent Friday to charges they laundered money for a member of the militant group Hamas and shipped computer goods to countries designated as sponsors of terrorism.
Ghassan, Basman, Bayan and Hazim Elashi, and the fifth brother, Ihsan Elashyi, are charged with having financial dealings with a terrorist _ a Hamas official whom authorities said invested $250,000 to help start their computer company. They're also charged with making illegal computer shipments to Libya and Syria, countries the United States has designated as sponsors of terrorism.
The Hamas official, Mousa Abu Marzook, and his wife were also named in the indictment but are believed to be in Syria.
Ihsan Elashyi is already in custody after pleading guilty to illegally exporting computer goods to the Middle East. Ghassan Elashi was released without bond in December, and the three other brothers will not be released because the Immigration and Naturalization Service has placed holds on them.
Trial for the brothers was set for Oct. 6.