Over the objections of defense lawyers at Dorsey & Whitney and Squire Patton Boggs, Bank of China Ltd. has been ordered to turn over internal records that could help plaintiffs tie the bank to a 2006 Palestinian terrorist attack.

In a ruling unsealed this week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in Manhattan ordered BOC to turn over some 1,600 documents related to an internal investigation into BOC accounts formerly held in the name of an alleged Islamic Jihad leader, Said al-Shurafa, and his wife Reem. Plaintiffs in the six-year-old case hope the documents will buttress their claims that BOC deliberately turned a blind eye to accounts it knew were being used to funnel money to terrorist operatives in Gaza.

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