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8 Sep 2014

Bernard Vaughan, Reuters

Arab Bank chairman testifies in U.S. court, denies funding Hamas

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...A lawsuit, first filed 10 years ago, accuses the Jordan-based bank of knowingly maintaining accounts for operatives of the militant Islamist group and financing millions in payments for the families of suicide bombers and those imprisoned or injured during the Palestinian uprising that began in 2000. Arab Bank has denied the allegations, saying it provided routine banking services in compliance with counter-terrorism laws and regulations, and had no intention of providing support to Hamas...Almost 300 U.S. citizens who were the victims, or the family members of victims, of militant attacks that Hamas allegedly committed between 2001 and 2004 have sued the bank, saying it violated the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, which allows victims of U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organizations to seek compensation...It is believed to be the first terrorism-financing case to go to trial in the United States.