- Al Aqsa Spannmål Stiftelse
Al Aqsa Spannmål Stiftelse ("al-Aqsa
GrainFoundation"), also known in Arabic as Sanabil al-Aqsa, is the Swedish branch of the al-Aqsa Foundation, aninternational charitable organizationwith alleged ties to the militant Palestinianmovement Hamas. It has its office located at Nobelvägen 79 in Malmö.
May 2003 United Statesauthorities urged in a letter to Swedish authorities to freeze the assets of the organisation, which they claimed was providing money for Hamas. [cite news|title=USA begär att palestinsk stiftelses tillgångar fryses|url=http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/telegram/0,1082,61886669_852_p_o,00.html|publisher= Aftonbladet|language=Swedish|date=2003-05-30|accessdate=2007-01-21] Swedish police conveyed a preliminary investigation, but this was eventually closed due to lack of evidence. [cite news|first=Caroline|last=Salzinger|title=Svenska Al-Aqsa slipper frysning|url=http://www.sr.se/ekot/arkiv.asp?DagensDatum=2003-06-27&Artikel=252720|publisher= Ekot|language=Swedish|date=2003-06-27|accessdate=2007-01-21] The foundation has denied having any relations to Hamas or charges of terrorism, saying that they only acts as a charity for Palestinian widows and orphaned children. [cite news|first=Anna|last=Hanspers|title=Al-Aqsa tillbakavisar terroranklagelser|url=http://www.sr.se/ekot/arkiv.asp?DagensDatum=2003-06-24&Artikel=250882|publisher= Ekot|language=Swedish|date=2003-06-27|accessdate=2007-01-21]
October 24, 2006, the chairman of the foundation, Khalid al-Yousef, was arrested by the Swedish Security Serviceand charged with planning of terrorism ( _sv. förberedelse till terroristbrott), serious planning of public destruction ( _sv. grov förberedelse till allmänfarlig ödeläggelse) and serious offences to the Swedish law on financing ( _sv. grovt brott mot finansieringslagen). He was released from custody after three days, in lack of evidence. [cite news|first=Tobias|last=Barkman|title="De har inte ett enda bevis"|url=http://sydsvenskan.se/malmo/article192491.ece|publisher= Sydsvenskan|language=Swedish|date=2006-10-28|accessdate=2007-01-21]
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