After seeing numerous videos, listening to plenty of wiretapped calls and reading hundreds of documents during the seven-week Holy Land Foundation Retrial, the 10-woman, 2-man jury finally got to hear some closing arguments on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008.
After seven weeks, the Holy Land Foundation retrial finally nears the end on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008 as the defense lawyers rested their case.
Prosecutor Barry Jonas continued his cross-examination of former HLF accountant Wafa Yaish on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 by asking him whether the HLF reported their foreign bank accounts to the Internal Revenue Service. Americans are required to file this when dealing with foreign accounts, Jonas said. Yaish who has not dealt with foreign accounts since HLF’s closure said, I am not aware of it. Jonas then aggressively asked, It didn’t cross your mind to tell auditors about the foreign bank accounts even though the HLF sent millions of dollars to overseas banks. Yaish answered politely, If they asked, we will provide them with the information.
The courtroom air was chilly as usual on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, but there was something different about the atmosphere. Maybe it was the jury who seemed more engaged, or perhaps it was the overwhelming truth, uncovered at last.
Jurors listened more intensely than ever before on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, as they got crash courses on Islam and the Palestinian culture.