Please Attend as Final Witnesses Testify in the Muhammad Salah Trial

The Muhammad Salah trial is in its final days, please attend to show your support for due process, anti-torture, and just application of the law. This case marks the first where an American court has allowed the prosecution of an American citizen based on an admission obtained under torture in a foreign country and in a language the defendant does not understand.

Mr. Muhammad, a long time Chicago-land resident, was arrested, tried, and jailed for several years while administering charitable aid to victims of the war-ravaged Palestinian territories. He was accused by the Israeli government of supporting terrorism.

For many observers, the Muhammad Salah case amounts to political persecution. 

This Week’s Schedule:

Thursday Morning Session
January 4th
8:45 am – 12:00 noon
Thursday Evening Session
January 4th
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
[Dr. Bosaglu, a Turkish psychiatrist, is scheduled to testify January 4 on the psychological effects of torture]

Friday Session
January 5th
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
[Court will finalize jury instructions]

Schedule for Week Beginning 01/08/07:

(The Judge has designated an overflow room in 1719 for the duration of this week)

Monday Session
January 8th
8:00 am – 5:30 noon
[Joseph Ferguson will present closing arguments for the Government]

Tuesday Morning Session
January 9th
8:45 am – 12:00 noon
Tuesday Evening Session
January 9th
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
[Closing arguments for the Government end, Salah defense presents closing arguments, and Ashqar defense presents closing arguments pending time considerations]

Wednesday Morning Session
January 10th
8:45 am – 12:00 noon
Wednesday Evening Session
January 10th
1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
[Ashqar defense presents/continues closing arguments, Reid Schar will present Government’s second closing. Jury Instructions will be read by the court and the case will go into jury deliberation.]

You can leave any time during the trial, but you can get in only during breaks.

Where: Courtroom of Judge Amy St. Eve
Room 1241
Dirksen Federal Building
219 S. Dearborn (at Jackson & Dearborn)
Chicago, IL 60604

Contact: Christina Abraham, (312) 212-1520 /

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