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Closing Arguments Wind Up in Suburban Terrorism Trial

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Prosecutors are expected to finish their closing arguments this morning in the terrorism trial of a Southwest Suburban Chicago man.

Much of the case against Muhammad Salah rests on a statement he gave to Israeli authorities when he was arrested in the west bank in 1993. He told interrogators there that he was a military commander in Hamas and detailed meetings with other Hamas members in which they discussed killing Israeli’s. Defense attorneys have repeatedly said that Salah was tortured into making a false confession.

Assistant U.S. attorney Joe Fergusson told jurors they should trust the statement because the Israeli interrogators who took it came to Chicago and testified in the case. He said Salah wasn’t tortured.

Fergusson told jurors to remember one interrogators face and said, “He didn’t have the face of a torturer.” He said he had the face and voice of a perceptive, conscientious interrogator.

Defense attorneys are scheduled to give their closing arguments Tuesday and Wednesday.

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