Statewide News
9:44 am
Mon January 9, 2012

Ohio Charity Accused of Hamas Ties Disbands

An Ohio charity that the government suspected of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas has
gone out of business.

The Treasury Department used terror-financing laws to freeze the assets of KindHearts for Charitable Humanitarian Development in 2006. The Blade reports the nonprofit organization based in Toledo issued a public notice last week saying it had been dissolved.

KindHearts leaders had denied any connection to terrorism. They said the group provided up to $6 million a year in humanitarian aid to the world's poor.

The American Civil Liberties Union joined KindHearts in suing the Treasury in 2008 over the asset freeze. Lawyers recently notified a federal judge that they were trying to complete a settlement agreement in the case.