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Islamic singer agrees to remain jailed in US

Islamic singer agrees to remain jailed in US

An attorney says an Islamic singer accused of concealing ties to a terrorist group was duped into supporting the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development.
Mohamad Masfaka agreed Thursday to remain jailed in Detroit while his case moves through federal court. The 47-year-old faces charges that include attempted fraud in naturalization proceedings.
Masfaka, who is from Syria, also is known as the popular Islamic singer Abu Ratib.
The government alleges he worked for Holy Land Foundation in 1997 and 1998, but didn't mention it in a 2002 naturalization application.
The U.S. government has labeled the foundation a terrorist group, alleging it supported the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Defense attorney Doraid Elder says Masfaka acknowledges singing for the foundation. But Elder says it's not "cut and dried" that he was an employee.


Updated : 2021-04-21 01:36 GMT+08:00