Government releases more than $800,000 from shut-down organization
DALLAS – June 6, 2017 – Donors to the now-defunct Islamic American Relief Agency can now breathe a sigh of relief because their donations, which were frozen as part of the prosecution of IARA, have been released to Heifer International and will go towards projects that are aligned with the donors' original intentions.
The legal battle to have the funds released took more than five years of negotiations, which were finalized by attorneys at Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in American. Despite IARA representatives pleading guilty to violating economic sanctions against Iraq, the U.S. government was able to work with attorneys at CLCMA to release $818,894 from 15 frozen bank accounts and approximately $20,000 in property.
These funds will now go toward their intended purposes.
This action marks a legal victory that Khalil Meek, executive director of Muslim Legal Fund of America, hopes will set a precedent in case such an unfortunate situation is repeated.
"Donors should not be punished when a charity is shut down," said Meek. "We hope this case serves an example of how donors' intentions can be honored in the future."
Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national nonprofit charity that funds projects to defend constitutional rights in America. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many other constitutional rights.
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