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CHICAGO (AP) – A suspected member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas who was indicted last week on racketeering conspiracy charges wants to be released from a Virginia jail so he can face a Chicago judge Tuesday, the man’s attorney said Monday.
Attorney Thomas Durkin filed a legal motion on behalf of Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar, 46, of Alexandria, Va. Ashqar, who previously had been offered immunity from prosecution, was under house arrest on related charges of contempt and obstruction of justice when he was arrested Thursday.
Friday, a U.S. magistrate ordered Ashqar held pending his transfer to face the latest charges in Chicago, after a prosecutor said Hamas officials might help him flee the country.
Durkin argued in his legal motion Ashqar’s bond should have been handled by the Chicago judge handling the case and not a U.S. magistrate in Virginia.
“We’re asking that he be permitted to voluntarily come to Chicago tomorrow,” Durkin said.
The others indicted with Ashqar are Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, formerly chief and now deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau, and Muhammad Hamid Khalil Salah, 51, of suburban Chicago.
Authorities accused the three of using bank accounts in Ohio, Mississippi, Virginia, Wisconsin and elsewhere to launder millions of dollars to support Hamas, which the U.S. government designated as a terrorist organization in 1995.
The federal indictment in Chicago said the laundered money was used to pay for murders, kidnappings, assaults and passport fraud.
Salah also was charged with providing material support for terrorism and obstruction of justice.
Salah is expected to appear in court Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve, who Durkin said should have heard the matter dealing with Ashqar’s bond.

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CHICAGO (AP) – A suspected member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas who was indicted last week on racketeering conspiracy charges wants to be released from a Virginia jail so he can face a Chicago judge Tuesday, the man’s attorney said Monday.
Attorney Thomas Durkin filed a legal motion on behalf of Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar, 46, of Alexandria, Va. Ashqar, who previously had been offered immunity from prosecution, was under house arrest on related charges of contempt and obstruction of justice when he was arrested Thursday.
Friday, a U.S. magistrate ordered Ashqar held pending his transfer to face the latest charges in Chicago, after a prosecutor said Hamas officials might help him flee the country.
Durkin argued in his legal motion Ashqar’s bond should have been handled by the Chicago judge handling the case and not a U.S. magistrate in Virginia.
“We’re asking that he be permitted to voluntarily come to Chicago tomorrow,” Durkin said.
The others indicted with Ashqar are Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, formerly chief and now deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau, and Muhammad Hamid Khalil Salah, 51, of suburban Chicago.
Authorities accused the three of using bank accounts in Ohio, Mississippi, Virginia, Wisconsin and elsewhere to launder millions of dollars to support Hamas, which the U.S. government designated as a terrorist organization in 1995.
The federal indictment in Chicago said the laundered money was used to pay for murders, kidnappings, assaults and passport fraud.
Salah also was charged with providing material support for terrorism and obstruction of justice.
Salah is expected to appear in court Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve, who Durkin said should have heard the matter dealing with Ashqar’s bond.

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CHICAGO (AP) – A suspected member of the Palestinian militant group Hamas who was indicted last week on racketeering conspiracy charges wants to be released from a Virginia jail so he can face a Chicago judge Tuesday, the man’s attorney said Monday.
Attorney Thomas Durkin filed a legal motion on behalf of Abdelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar, 46, of Alexandria, Va. Ashqar, who previously had been offered immunity from prosecution, was under house arrest on related charges of contempt and obstruction of justice when he was arrested Thursday.
Friday, a U.S. magistrate ordered Ashqar held pending his transfer to face the latest charges in Chicago, after a prosecutor said Hamas officials might help him flee the country.
Durkin argued in his legal motion Ashqar’s bond should have been handled by the Chicago judge handling the case and not a U.S. magistrate in Virginia.
“We’re asking that he be permitted to voluntarily come to Chicago tomorrow,” Durkin said.
The others indicted with Ashqar are Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook, formerly chief and now deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau, and Muhammad Hamid Khalil Salah, 51, of suburban Chicago.
Authorities accused the three of using bank accounts in Ohio, Mississippi, Virginia, Wisconsin and elsewhere to launder millions of dollars to support Hamas, which the U.S. government designated as a terrorist organization in 1995.
The federal indictment in Chicago said the laundered money was used to pay for murders, kidnappings, assaults and passport fraud.
Salah also was charged with providing material support for terrorism and obstruction of justice.
Salah is expected to appear in court Tuesday before U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve, who Durkin said should have heard the matter dealing with Ashqar’s bond.
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