Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Dr. Sami Al-Arian Acquitted on 8 Charges!

The WCUSP campaign issued an action alert regarding Dr. Al-Arian's case on November 11, 2005. We are pleased to report that Dr. Al-Arian was aquitted on 8 charges, although the jury was deadlocked on 9 other charges.

At this point, Dr. Al-Arian remains in custody. His family has requested that bail be allowed. Dr. Al-Arian could be re-tried for the nine charges the jury was deadlocked on. The US government could also try to deport him.

I am very happy to report that none of the defendants in Dr. Al-Arian's trial were convicted of any crimes. We will continue to watch this case closely, since justice will not be served until Dr. Al-Arian can return to his life with his family in Florida.

More info: "Al-Arian acquitted on 8 terror counts: Trial tests power of Patriot Act after 9-11," by Pedro Ruz Gutierrez from the Orlando Sentinel, posted by NY Newsday


  • The prosecution produced mountains of evidence, none of it proving Dr. Al-Arian's guilt. If you monitor all of someone's phone calls, e-mails, and faxes for 10 years, as was done here, and you still can't prove that he is guilty, then just maybe he is innocent!

    The government will decide very soon whether or not to retry Sami Al-Arian and Hatem Fariz.

    Please write and call Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales at the Department of Justice to demand that the government drop all charges and free Dr. Al-Arian and Hatem Naji Fariz immediately. The defendants and their families have suffered for far too long and must be allowed to get on with their lives.

    E-MAIL, CALL and WRITE Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales

    E-MAIL: AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

    PHONE: 202-514-2001 and 202-353-1555

    MAIL: U.S. Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20530-0001

    The other decision maker is Paul Perez, Chief Prosecutor. Please ask him to drop all charges and free Dr. Al-Arian.

    Federal Courthouse
    801 N. Florida
    Tampa, FL 336302

    By Anonymous UCC Rules, at 6:31 AM  

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