Friday, August 22, 2008

Bank of China called to account for alleged ties to terrorism

Kudos to Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of the Israel Law Centre and here’s to hoping the Bank of China gets what is owed for this bit of nefarious financial undertaking. Arutz Sheva:
( More than 100 victims and relatives of targets of Arab terrorist attacks have filed an historic suit in Los Angeles against the Bank of China, which transferred hundreds of millions of dollars to Hamas and Islamic Jihad between 2004 and 2007. The suit, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, details how the bank wired money through its American branches to an account in China used by the terrorist groups.

Israeli counterterrorist personnel met with Chinese officials in 2005 to demand it cease from transferring more money, but the bank, with the approval of the Chinese government, continued to wire money for Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner charged that the Bank of China "even had the chutzpah to make these funds transfers through its U.S. branches right under the nose of the Justice Department, despite the fact that Hamas and the Palestine Islamic Jihad are designated terrorist organizations and that such wire transfers are a crime under American law. We expect the Bank of China to now pay very heavily for its support for terrorism."

1 comment:

James Bow said...

Hey, Kate,

Note that you've been nominated as a kick-ass blogger by myself and Balbulican.