Seda team seeks time for motions in tax case

EUGENE — Attorneys for former Ashland activist Pete Seda have asked a federal judge in Eugene for more time to file motions in a tax fraud and conspiracy case stemming from Seda's activities at an Islamic charity the government has tied to terrorism.

Meanwhile, after more than a month, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan has not indicated when he will rule on whether to release Seda to await his trial, expected in April.

Seda, 49, was co-founder of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, now defunct. He left the U.S. in 2003 amid an investigation into his chapter's activities that led to a 2005 indictment charging him with money-laundering and tax fraud over his alleged role in smuggling $150,000 out of the U.S.

After 21/2 years hiding as an international fugitive in Iran and Syria, where the U.S. has no extradition agreements, Seda returned in August to face the charges.

The deadline for pretrial motions is Thursday. But attorneys for Seda have asked the judge to extend it until Dec. 14.

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