Islamic charity co-founder convicted on tax charge
09-Sep-2010 (5 comments)

EUGENE, Ore. — A federal jury convicted the co-founder of an Islamic charity chapter Thursday on charges he helped smuggle $150,000 to Muslim fighters in Chechnya.

Pete Seda had been charged with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and filing a false return with the IRS. His lawyers say they will appeal.

Seda claimed the money was intended as a tithe that his accountant failed to disclose because of an error on a tax return for the U.S. chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation in Ashland.

But prosecutors claimed Seda had a more sinister purpose, arguing throughout the weeklong trial that he was a Muslim radical posing as a moderate promoting peace.

Assistant U.S. attorneys Charles Gorder Jr. and Chris Cardani told the jury that Al-Haramain distributed two different versions of Islam's holy book, the Quran, to U.S. prison inmates

The prosecutors said non-Muslims were issued a regular Quran while Muslim prisoners got an edition with an appendix calling for violence against Jews and nonbelievers.

Defense attorney Steven Wax, however, reminded jurors that a rabbi and a Christian minister testified on behalf of Seda, their neighbor, who has been a U.S. citizen for 16 years.

Seda, 52, shortened his last name from Sedaghaty and adopted the nickname Pete instead of his first name, Pirouz, after moving from his native Iran and attending Southern Oregon University in Ashlan

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Roozbeh Gilani, ignore Islamists- here is more on Mr. "Seda"

by IranFirst on

This Pirouz is the "character" that our local Islamists are feeling sorry for (the same Islamists that support IRI and killing of Iranians)



He pointed as evidence to literature
allegedly distributed by the charity telling Muslims it is “obligatory
to pray for victory over their enemies,” to supply those fighting
against enemies not only with food and clothing and medical supplies but
with “weapons and other power that they may kill their enemies.”

Cardani said the prosecution would present
resurrected files Seda had erased from his computer showing sometimes
graphic images of fighting and atrocities against Muslims in Chechnya,
some marked with calls to support the mujahideen fighters.

Cardani said the former accountant for the
U.S. Al-Haramain branch would be among prosecution witnesses, telling
jurors that Seda deceived him and falsified tax documents regarding the
prayer house expenditure to hide the smuggled funds..."



"Q" Read the article before opening your big mouth you moron

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

And someone  like you hiding under the fake ID "Q",  in the west, supporting terrorists in islamist regime of Iran government  is the last one to talk about "character" 

Now dont take yourself too seriously you old fool, as nobody else does!



Another pair of fascist keyboard warriors

by Q on

character assassinating Iranians while cowardly hiding behind fake names.


He is 52 and His name is "Pirouz" according to the article!

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

anyone we know?!


Another Stateless Muslim Terrorist residing in West

by IranFirst on

Another Stateless Muslim Terrorist, with no loyalty to country of his birth (Iran) nor to his adopted country (US), but with plenty of "Charity" for any Muslim Terrorists