Supporters want freedom for al-Najjar

Supporters of Mazen al-Najjar, who now faces deportation on immigration violations, will meet this week to see what, if anything, they can do to help free him from jail and keep him in the country where he has lived since 1981.

Federal agents arrested al-Najjar, a Palestinian researcher, outside his Tampa apartment Saturday for overstaying his visa. The deportation order recently was upheld by a federal appeals court in Atlanta.

The arrest, ordered by the U.S. Department of Justice, came as more than 1,000 people across the country have been detained for questioning in the investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.



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