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January 29, 2007

American Muslims Call AlArian Imprisonment 'Double Jeopardy'

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•Donate DONATE to the National Liberty Fund to help defray the cost of Dr. Arian's family's legal expenses. Contributions may be made out to the NLF and mailed to the following address: National Liberty Fund (NLF) P.O. Box 3568 Washington, D.C. 20007 info@nationallibertyfund.o rg

National Islamic Coalition Seeks End to 'Harassment' of Florida Professor The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a national coalition of major American Muslim organizations, today said the new prison sentence given to former Florida professor Sami AlArian amounted to unconstitutional “double jeopardy.” Al-Arian recently began a hunger strike after being given a sentence of up to 18 months for refusing to testify before a grand jury in Virginia . He and his attorney say an early plea agreement freed him from further cooperation with the government. Al-Arian’s supporters say he is being held in a rat and cockroachinfested prison and is being forced to wear dirty and inadequate clothing as a form of harassment. In 2005, a Florida jury rejected federal charges that Al-Arian operated a cell for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was scheduled for release and deportation in April. SEE: Al-Arian: I Was Double-Crossed (NY Sun) http://www.nysun. com/article/ 47094 SEE ALSO: No Guilty Verdicts in Al-Arian Trial http://news. MGBAT3MOWGE. html In a statement, the AMT said: “It is becoming increasingly clear that the government is seeking to impose legal and physical penalties on Dr. Al-Arian that it could not obtain through the judicial process. The government’s actions amount to an unconstitutional ‘double jeopardy’ situation in which a person who was cleared of all charges by a jury of

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•Write Given that Dr. Al-Arian has been on a hunger strike since January 22, we urgently ask all conscientious and justice-seeking individuals to call, email or write officials to ask for an immediate end to Dr. Al-Arian's suffering.
1- Honorable Judge Gerald Lee U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314 2- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Department of Justice U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001 Fax Number: (202) 307-6777

his peers is nonetheless being imprisoned in harsh conditions through administrative means. “We call on all fair-minded Americans who care about the preservation of the integrity of our nation’s legal system to speak out about this apparent abuse of prosecutorial power. We also call on federal authorities to cease their harassment of Dr. Al-Arian and to release him as scheduled so that he and his family can resume their lives in another country.”

BY E-MAIL: E-mails to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to AskDOJ@ 3- The Honorable John Conyers, Jr 2426 Rayburn Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-5126 (202) 225-0072 Fax John.Conyers

4- Senator Patrick Leahy 433 Russell Senate Office Building - END United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 AMT members endorsing this statement include: (299029)224-4242 American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Muslim Alliance in North America (MANA), Muslim American Society (MAS), Muslim Student Association- National (MSA-N), Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA), Project Islamic •Educate Hope (PIH), and United Muslims of America (UMA) CONTACT: Dr. Agha Saeed, Tel 510-299-9313, E-Mail: aghaksaeed@yahoo. com

Inform others about the case by organizing educational forums and fundraisers in your area. E-mail if you're interested in planning an event. Spread the word about the case.

•Communicate your support to Dr. Sami Al-Arian by sending letters to him .
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On Mond a y J an. 22, D r. Sa m i A l-Ari a n b egan a hung er s tr ike to pro t e s t c on t inued gov ern m e n t h ara ss m e n t .Th a t d a y, Dr. A l-Ar i an a ppe ar ed b efor e a n ew gr and jur y in A l exandr i a, V irg in i a, wh ere he wa s subpoen a ed b y a rogue f ede ra l prose cu tor to t es t i f y a s e cond t i m e in the s a m e c as e. A f ter Dr . A l- A ri an expr es sed h i s e th ic a l s t an ce ag a ins t t e s t if y ing , a judg e in the E a s tern Di s t r ic t of V irg in i a h e ld h i m i n c ivi l con t e m p t, on ce a ga in pro long ing h i s suff er ing and i m p r i son m e n t b y up to 18 m o n ths. Dr . A l-Ar i an ' s or ig in a l l y sc hedu l ed r e le a se da t e i s Apr i l 13 .

L a s t Nov e m b er, th e s a m e judg e p la ce d Dr. A l-Ar i an in c iv i l con t e m p t for no t te s t ify i ng. At the time, his attorneys argued that cooperation was a clear violation of the plea a gre e m e n t he r ea ch ed wi t h F lor ida pro se cu tor s l a s t M a y. On e m on th aft e r h e w as he l d in c on te m p t , th e gr and jury t er m exp ire d. How ev er, le ss than a m on th la te r, a n ew g ra nd jur y w as onc e aga i n i m p ane le d b y Gordon K ro m be rg, a fed er a l pro se cu tor who se ra c is t statements against Arabs and Muslims are well-known.

During yesterday's court appearance, Dr. Al-Arian's attorn ey requested to delay the judg e ' s d ec is ion un t i l fur th er ev id enc e cou ld be brough t to li gh t suppor ti ng Dr . A l-Ar i an ' s d ec i s ion no t t es t i f y and t h e h igh l ight i ng th e gove rn m e n t ' s abu se o f powe r. Ho wev er, the

judg e d en ied th e r equ est and ord er ed th a t Dr . Al -Ar i an b e he l d in c iv i l c on te m p t . Pl e a se s e e b e low Dr. A l-Ar i an 's s t a t e m e nt b efor e th e judg e.

This is the second hunger strike by Dr. Al-Arian, who is a diabetic, during his nearly four- y e ar im p r i son m e nt . Fo l low ing h i s Febru ary 20 , 2003 in car c er at ion, he wen t on a 140day hunger strike to protest th e government's political persecut ion. During that time, he was hospitalized and lost 45 pounds.

In re c en t we ek s, D r. A l-Ar i an h as b een p la ced und er p ar t ic u lar l y a rduou s cond i t ion s a f ter h e w as m o ve d fro m W ar saw , V irg in i a to A t l ant a b ec aus e of wha t p r ison au thor i t i es deemed a "mistake." Not only did the nonsensical move further isolate Dr. Al-Arian from family and friends, but he was also denied phone calls and visitations in Atlanta.

Th e se la t es t d ev e lop m en ts in Dr . Al -Ar i an ' s c as e ar e a c lea r and ou tr ag eous d i sp la y of gov ern m e n t c orrup t ion and abus e o f pow er. In sp i t e of an agr ee m e n t int e nded to r es olv e h is c a se once and for a l l, the governm e n t h as con t inu ed to ha ra ss Dr. A l-Ar i an and m i r e h i m fur th er i n l eg a l purg a tor y. H e w i l l r e m a i n on a hung er s tr ik e un t i l th e gov ernm e n t e nds i t s v ind i c t ive c a m p a ign aga ins t h i m and al l ows h i m to r e turn to h is w if e and c h i ldren .

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