Saturday, 27 August 2011 16:16 IPT News
In the wake of yesterday’s IPT News report on the Justice Department’s handling of an investigation into a financial network with links to the Muslim Brotherhood, a prominent House lawmaker wants answers from the Obama Administration.
Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-VA), chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Justice Department, told the Investigative Project on Terrorism that DOJ is making a mistake by refusing to make public the details of the settlement it reached with the Islamic Investment Company of the Gulf (IICG).
The Virginia lawmaker said that on Monday he will send administration officials a letter urging that all of the information about the case be made public.
Wolf said that if the administration balks, he is prepared to insert language into the Justice Department appropriations conference report to force the release of all information about the settlement. “But I’m hoping it won’t get to that point,” he said.
The IICG, which has operations on four continents and managed $1.6 billion in funds in December 2007, is a“wholly owned subsidiary” of DMI Trust, a companywhich has had prominent Brotherhood figures like Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Hassan al-Turabi on its board.
The Wall Street Journal reported in 2007 that a DMI affiliate called Faisal Private Bank had been named in two major terror investigations. In one of these, the Justice Department alleged that the bank (then known as Faisal Finance) was used by a Saudi businessman to wire $665,000 to the account of a top Hamas official, Mousa Abu Marzouk. Another Faisal Finance client was al Qaida official Mamduh Mahmud Salim, now serving a federal prison sentence for conspiring to murder Americans.