Dr. Sami Al-Arian Released on Bail

Washington, DC:  The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has welcomed the release of Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida professor who has been in federal custody for more than five years. A judge ordered him freed on bail to await trial for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.
SEE: Sami Al-Arian Freed on Bail in Virginia
“We welcome Dr. Al-Arian’s release and hope that it is an indication that justice may ultimately be served in this disturbing case,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “After so many years of anguish, the Al-Arian children will finally be able to spend Ramadan with their father.”
In 2005, a Florida jury rejected federal charges that Al-Arian operated a cell for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was scheduled for release and deportation.
SEE: No Guilty Verdicts in Al-Arian Trial (Tampa Tribune)
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.Dr. Agha Saeed, Chairman, American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) said, "This is an important step toward restoration of due process and equal justice for all".




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