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Salah Appears in Court

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A Chicago-area man accused of laundering money for the Palestinian militant group Hamas appeared in federal court in Chicago today.

This is the first day of a hearing to determine whether his confession is admissable as evidence.

Muhammad Hamid Khalil Salah says he was tortured by Israeli authorities into confessing in 1993 to transporting money for Hamas.

Today his attorney, Michael Duetch, argued that Salah ""confessed"" by signing a 53-page document written in Hebrew, which he could not read, after more than 72 hours of torture and interrogation.

If U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve allows the confession to be used in court, it could set a precedent for prosecuting terrorists.

Confessions obtained by foreign governments are generally not admissible in American courts.

The judge has barred the public from the hearing.

Israeli intelligence agents are expected to testify about how Salah was interrogated. After his confession, he spent five years in an Iraeli prison.

The proceedings could last a couple of weeks.

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