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Decision On Sami Al Arian Motion Postponed

April 26, 2009

Decision On Sami Al Arian Motion Postponed

April 25, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - U.S. Judge Leonie Brinkema surprised court observers on Friday, when she unexpectedly cancelled a scheduled hearing for Sami Al Arian, and admitted terrorist and member of Palestinian Islamic Jihad [PIJ].

The motion to dismiss charges of criminal conspiracy upon which Brinkema was to rule stemmed from Al Arian's refusal to testify at grand jury proceedings involving the "Muslim terror triangle" located in Northern Virginia [organized around the Safa Group, aka SAAR].

Al Arian is awaiting deportation because of his PIJ activity. Previous to his admitting being a member of that group, he taught computer science at the University of South Florida, a notorious locus of jihadist activity.

Nearly every major Muslim group in America has supported Al Arian, despite his confession, including the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR], the Muslim Public Affairs Council [MPAC] and the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA].

Al Arian's guilt is beyond doubt, as former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales described the case, "We have a responsibility not to allow our Nation to be a safe haven for those who provide assistance to the activity of terrorists…Sami Al-Arian has already spent significant time behind bars and will now lose the right to live in the country he calls home as a result of his confessed criminal conduct on behalf of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, which is the same conduct he steadfastly denied in public statements over the last decade… Al-Arian has now admitted providing assistance to help the Palestinian Islamic Jihad - a specially designated terrorist organization with deadly goals - as the government has alleged from the start."

Additionally, according to an April 17, 2006 DOJ press release:

"...Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad [PIJ], a specially designated terrorist organization, in violation of U.S. law, the Department of Justice announced today...Al-Arian pleaded guilty to Count Four of the indictment against him - a charge of conspiracy to make or receive contributions of funds, goods or services to or for the benefit of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad...Al-Arian's agreement with the government calls for a recommended prison sentence of 46 to 57 months in prison, based on a five-year maximum statutory sentence. Al-Arian, 48, who has been in custody since his arrest on Feb. 20, 2003, has agreed to stipulate to deportation to another country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement once his prison sentence has ended.


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