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January 16, 2008

Former congressman charged in terror conspiracy

A former United States congressman was indicted on Wednesday accused of participating in a terrorist fundraising ring that sent more than $130,000 to an al-Qaida and Taliban supporter.

Mark Deli Siljander (R-MI), pictured here, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstructing justice for allegedly lying about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.

The 42-count indictment says the Islamic American Relief Agency paid Siljander $50,000 for the lobbying — money that turned out to be stolen from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Siljander, who served in the House from 1981-1987, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to serve as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations for one year in 1987.

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