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    Former Professor Is Sentenced in a Hamas Case http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/us/22hamas.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin CHICAGO — A former business professor
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      Former Professor Is Sentenced in a Hamas Case
      http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/us/22hamas.html?_r=1&ref=us&oref=slogin


      CHICAGO — A former business professor accused of
      taking part in a Palestinian terrorist network was
      sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for
      refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.

      The defendant, Abdelhaleem Ashqar, 49, a former
      associate professor of business at Howard University
      in Washington, was taken into custody by federal
      marshals immediately after the sentencing.

      In a passionate, arm-waving statement before
      sentencing, Dr. Ashqar painted a grim picture of the
      suffering of Palestinians in the occupied territories
      and said that some of his own relatives had been
      killed or jailed.

      He said he would rather go to prison than betray his
      people as they strived to free themselves from Israeli
      domination. "The only option was to become a traitor
      or a collaborator," Dr. Ashqar said, "and this is
      something that I can't do and will never do as long as
      I live."

      The case, based on a long-running federal
      investigation of the Palestinian militant group Hamas,
      was closely watched as a major Justice Department
      initiative in the war on terrorism after the Sept. 11
      attacks.

      Dr. Ashqar and a co-defendant, Muhammad Salah, were
      acquitted this year on a racketeering conspiracy
      charge that accused them of bankrolling Hamas. But
      prosecutors presented telephone records showing that
      Dr. Ashqar had been in contact with Hamas leaders.

      Dr. Ashqar was convicted of obstruction of justice and
      criminal contempt for refusing to testify before the
      grand jury on June 25, 2003, even after he had been
      granted immunity from prosecution. Mr. Salah was
      convicted of lying on a document and sentenced to 22
      months in prison.

      Defense lawyers said Judge Amy J. St. Eve of Federal
      District Court imposed an unusually stiff sentence on
      Dr. Ashqar given the complex political background. In
      addition to 11 years and 3 months in prison, he was
      fined $5,000.

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