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Abdullah Khouj, the director of the Islamic Center of Washington, is trying to fend off a subpoena by his former money manager, who was indicted by a federal grand jury in June for allegedly embezzling more than $400,000 of the mosque’s money. The money manager, Farzad Darui, an Iranian-American, wants copies of Khouj’s marriage and divorce certificates, among other records, to prove that the money was fair compensation for housing and feeding several of Khouj’s mistresses in apartments Darui owns in Virginia. Last week, Khouj’s lawyer, Williams & Connolly partner Robert Watkins, filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to quash the subpoena, arguing that it demanded a “disturbing array of private material.” Darui’s lawyer, Victoria Toensing of diGenova & Toensing, declined to comment, but in hundreds of pages of documents filed with the court in August, she alleges that her client is facing retaliation for trying to keep Islamic radicals out of the mosque, which is one of the country’s oldest and largest. Khouj, who is Saudi, has been its director for more than 20 years.
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