“Telling the truth is the bedrock of our judicial system, and a slap on the wrist will not provide a deterrent,” said the judge, and gave him 21 months, along with a fine and community service. “Man sentenced for lying in Hamas case,” by Mike Robinson for Associated Press (thanks to D. C. Watson):
CHICAGO – A Chicago medical van driver accused by federal prosecutors of funneling money to Mideast terrorists was sentenced Wednesday to 21 months in federal prison for lying in a civil lawsuit.
Muhammad Salah, 54, also was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and do 100 hours of community service.
“Telling the truth is the bedrock of our judicial system, and a slap on the wrist will not provide a deterrent,” U.S. District Judge Amy St. Eve said in sentencing Salah. He has until Oct. 11 to surrender and begin his sentence.
Salah was convicted in February of lying under oath in a civil lawsuit concerning the murder in Israel of a teenager by Hamas terrorists.