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Va. Man Tied to Hamas Held as Witness

Authorities said they seized six additional videotapes from the SUV but have not said in court documents what the tapes contain.

In addition to Marzook, the indictment in Chicago charges former Howard University professor Abelhaleem Hasan Abdelraziq Ashqar, 46, of Fairfax County and Muhammad Hamid Khalil Salah, 51, of suburban Chicago. Salah and Ashqar were arrested Thursday. Marzook, expelled from the United States in 1997, is believed to be living in Syria.

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Post's Makron on Bay Bridge Tape The Washington Post's Jerry Markon discusses the detention of Ismael Selim Elbarasse, who has been linked to the radical Palestinian group Hamas, after his wife was seen videotaping the Bay Bridge.
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Elbarasse has not been charged with any crimes in Maryland and is not charged in Chicago. The indictment says that, beginning as early as 1990, he and Marzook maintained a joint bank account that was used to transfer "substantial sums" of money to Hamas members, including Salah.

Elbarasse was jailed for eight months in 1998 after he refused to testify in New York before a federal grand jury investigating terrorism.

At Elbarasse's home on Whistler Court, agents seized computer disks, bank records and Arabic documents, including one document titled "For Your Eyes Only -- How to Propagate Islam."

Also seized, according to court records, were copies of checks from the Dar Al-Hijra mosque in Falls Church; an Arabic CD with an "evaluation of the Jihad movement"; a piece of paper containing the address of the Norfolk Naval Station; Israeli travel documents; various "anti-Israel materials"; and documents concerning the Muslim Brotherhood, a secretive movement of political activists dedicated to restoring Islamic rule in secular Arab societies.

In addition, agents seized a document called an "anarchist cookbook" and an item referred to in court records as "Spreadsheet of trained pilots 'Law Enforcement Only.' ''

In an affidavit filed in support of the search warrant, FBI agent Shawn S. Devroude wrote that Elbarasse "is a known associate of various individuals possibly linked to terrorism." The affidavit states that the FBI has reason to believe that Elbarasse and his wife were violating federal law by providing "material" support to a foreign terrorist organization.


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