Jury hears arguments in terror finance trial

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NEW YORK (AP) — A defense lawyer has told a U.S. jury that executives at Jordon-based Arab Bank aren't liable for a series of suicide bombings that killed Americans in Israel in the early 2000s.

Attorney Shand Stephens said on Thursday that there is no proof any of the executives supported terrorism.

The remarks came at closing arguments at a civil trial in Brooklyn federal court.

American victims in two dozen attacks sued Arab Bank in 2004. They accused the institution of knowingly helping Hamas finance a benefit plan for martyrs.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs were to give their closing arguments later Thursday.