Judge says Turkish charity behind Gaza flotilla had terror ties

PARIS – France’s former top counterterrorism judge says in an interview that the Turkish Islamic charity that organized the ill-fated relief flotilla for Gaza had “clear, long-standing ties to terrorism and jihad.”

Jean-Louis Bruguiere has told The Associated Press that the Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, had a role in the thwarted plot to bomb Los Angeles International Airport in 1999.

Bruguiere who now heads a EU program to track terror financing said Wednesday that IHH leaders “were basically helping al-Qaida when (Osama) bin Laden started to want to target U.S. soil.”

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