By Agencies MWC 7/24/07

A US-based Muslim charity organisation has gone on trial in Texas on charges of supporting terrorism.

The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development and five of its senior officials were charged on Tuesday with aiding terrorists, conspiracy and money laundering after a decade-long federal investigation.

But critics are calling the trial of the once-biggest Muslim charity in the US a politically-motivated witch-hunt.

The five men allegedly funnelled $36m to individuals and groups tied to Hamas, including $12.4m sent after the US designated the Palestinian movement a terrorist group.

On Tuesday, prosecutors dropped six of the 42 counts in the 2004 indictment against the men related to specific financial transactions.

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