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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Farrakhan, Libya Funds

WASHINGTON () -- Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has asked the federal government for permission to accept $1 billion from Libya in humanitarian aid for American blacks, prompting calls for an investigation into whether such a donation would violate economic sanctions against that country.

A federal official Monday confirmed that Farrakhan had made a request to the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control to receive the funds, despite restrictions placed on U.S. business transactions with Libya because of its links to terrorism.

But Farrakhan said the money could be used "to put some hope in a people that are quickly losing hope." He also said he has plans to travel to Libya within days to accept a $250,000 humanitarian award from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.