Seda attorney asks for more time on motions

EUGENE — Attorneys for the co-founder of an Islamic charity in Ashland have asked a federal judge in Eugene for more time to file motions in his tax fraud and conspiracy case.

Meanwhile, after more than a month, District Judge Michael Hogan has not indicated when he will rule on whether to release Pirouz Sedaghaty, also known as Pete Seda.

The 49-year-old Sedaghaty was the co-founder of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, which is now defunct. He left the country before a federal indictment. He returned in August to face the charges.

The deadline for pretrial motions was set for Thursday. But attorneys for Sedaghaty have asked the judge to extend it until Dec. 14. A trial is not expected until April.

— The Associated Press

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