Seda wants evidence suppressed

EUGENE — Lawyers for Pete Seda have asked a federal judge to suppress the evidence collected by the government in its search of the U.S. branch of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation.

The attorneys say the search warrant was based on previous illegal surveillance and that computer data seized in the search exceeded the scope of the warrant.

During Monday's pretrial hearing in Eugene, prosecutor Chris Cardani said the information taken from hard drives is key to the case and it was obtained in an appropriate manner.

Seda faces tax fraud and money laundering charges stemming from a $150,000 contribution to the branch of the foundation he co-founded in Ashland.

The government claims the branch smuggled the money to Muslim fighters in Chechnya, while filing tax forms claiming the money was used to buy property for a prayer house in Missouri.

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