Attys seek records in Oregon Islamic charity trial

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Posted: Feb 23, 2011 9:36 PM
Attys seek records in Oregon Islamic charity trial

Defense lawyers seeking a new trial for an official of an Islamic charity that was declared a terrorist organization say federal prosecutors must provide more evidence about their failure to disclose that the FBI wanted to pay a prosecution witness after the trial.

Papers filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Ore., are part of defense efforts to win a new trial for Pete Seda, also known as Pirouz Sedaghaty, the co-founder of the American branch of Al Haramein Islamic Foundation in Ashland. Seda was convicted of money smuggling and tax fraud in connection with the charity.

Defense lawyers argue that the prosecution's failure was so serious that more evidence is needed to understand what happened.

Prosecutors have said that they have turned over enough.