US man quoted saying he funneled cash to Hamas

March 22, 2006 05:54


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A man accused of laundering money to finance terrorist operations by Hamas gave Israeli police a detailed account of his shadowy life in the underground when arrested in 1993, according to documents. Muhammad Salah told how he was recruited into the Muslim Brotherhood by the leader of a Chicago-area mosque, sought out recruits for militant activity in Israel and engaged in secret transfers of large sums with a Mideastern money changer, according to documents released Tuesday. One document tells how automatic rifles and bombs were hidden in secret West Bank caches. "The region of Bethlehem was renowned for its pipe bombs," Salah is quoted as saying in one of the hundreds of pages of documents made public by federal prosecutors. Salah, 52, is one of three men charged in a federal racketeering indictment with laundering money to finance murders, kidnappings and other crimes by Hamas as part of a 15-year conspiracy. He was born in Jerusalem and moved to the United States in 1970. Salah is a naturalized citizen who has long lived in a Chicago suburb.

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