Matthew Levitt

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Legal Testimony

In 2005 Levitt testified in the trial of a Yemeni sheik named Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad. The case against Moayad centered on an FBI sting where the sheik, who operated a number of charities in Yemen, agreed to accept $2 million on behalf of Hamas, declared a terrorist organization by the United States in 1995. Moayad’s lawyers contended that the money was meant for Hamas’s charitable wing. Prosecutors brought Levitt in to argue that Hamas’s military operations are inseparable from its charitable works. Moayad was convicted and sentenced to seventy-five years in prison.[1]


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  1. Petra Bartosiewicz, 'Experts in Terror', The Nation, 4 February 2008 Issue