Blaney bars IRFAN Canada from fundraising to oppose being labeled as terrorists

OTTAWA – An organization that was formally branded a terrorist group last spring has been denied permission by Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to raise money to fight the move.

The Canadian branch of the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy is asking the Federal Court of Canada to set aside Blaney’s decision as unconstitutional and affirm its right to solicit funds to pay a lawyer.

The group, known as IRFAN-Canada, was stripped of its charitable status three years ago.

In April, the government added the group to its list of terrorist organizations, saying that between 2005 and 2009 IRFAN-Canada transferred approximately $14.6 million worth of resources to various organizations with links to Hamas.