Outrage at Use of Confession

June 9, 2006

Human rights groups are outraged by a judge's decision to allow a controversial confession into the trial of a Bridgeview resident.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve says prosecutors can use the confession Muhammad Salah made to Israeli police.

Salah is accused of laundering money for the terrorist group Hamas.

Michael Deutsch is representing him.

Deutsch says the police tortured Salah to get the confession and called the judge's ruling a disappointment.

"Essentially what she is doing is agreeing with the government and going along with the government and allowing for the first time in a U.S. court torture from Israel to be used in a trial in an American courtroom," Deutsch says.

Judge St. Eve ruled, "the (Israeli police's) actions do not shock the conscious."

Salah's trial begins in October.