In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAIR WELCOMES RESOLUTION OF AL-ARIAN CASE
Government decides not to retry Florida Muslim professor
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/14/06) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed the government’s decision not to retry Sami Al-Arian, a Florida Muslim professor who remained in jail despite being acquitted late last year of eight out of 17 federal charges brought against him. The jury deadlocked on the other charges.
According to media reports, Al-Arian reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to a lesser charge and be deported to an unidentified country. A former defense attorney in the case said the government conceded in the agreement that there were no acts of violence committed by Al-Arian. Details of the agreement have not been made public and still require the approval of a judge.
VIDEO: CAIR-FL News Conference in Reaction to Decision Not to Retry Al-Arian
SEE: Former USF Professor Accused in Terrorism Case to be Deported
In a statement, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad said:
“We welcome the decision not to retry Professor Al-Arian. We are concerned however that the price paid for his freedom is deportation to another country, an additional burden on a family that has suffered tremendously over the past few years. The negative impact this tragic episode has had on the image of our legal system worldwide warrants a complete re-examination of government policies and procedures in such cases.”
In December of last year, the American Muslim Taskforce for Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major Muslim organizations, welcomed Al-Al-Arian’s acquittal, calling it a “vindication of America’s finest ideals and principles.”
SEE: AMT: American Muslims Welcome Al-Arian Verdict
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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