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Date of Show:Mon 16th January
Former Ashland peace activist Pete Seda has just one week to convince a panel of federal judges that he should remain free on bail ahead of his upcoming appeal of money-laundering and tax-evasion convictions. Steve Best has details…
Seda has been ordered by a U.S. District Court judge to begin serving his 33-month jail sentence on January 23rd.
he was convicted in September 2010 on tax-evasion and conspiracy charges for using his defunct Al-Haramain Islamic foundation charity to help smuggle $150,000 from Ashland to Saudi Arabia, and signing a fraudulent tax return to cover it up.
Seda’s defense attorneys argue that his behavior during his free time on bail has been exemplary, and that he will remain reliable for the duration.
The judge did not accept the prosecution’s argument that Seda’s motive was to fund Islamic terrorists in Chechnya. Had he been found guilty of that, he could have faced up to 8 years in jail.