(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/6/07) – More than 800 people turned out last night for the D.C. premiere of the documentary film “USA vs Al-Arian,” which was co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the AMC/Loews Uptown 1 Theater.
The film follows the arrest and trial of Sami Al-Arian, an Arab-American university professor accused of supporting a terrorist organization abroad. For two and a half years Dr. Al-Arian was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges and given limited access to his attorneys.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s director, a member of the Al-Arian family and lawyers from the trial. The discussion was moderated by “Democracy Now” host Amy Goodman.
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