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AMERICAN MUSLIMS CALL AL-ARIAN IMPRISONMENT ‘DOUBLE JEOPARDY’ January 29, 2007 :: American Muslims Call

AMERICAN MUSLIMS CALL AL-ARIAN IMPRISONMENT ‘DOUBLE JEOPARDY’

January 29,

2007

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American Muslims Call Al-Arian Imprisonment 'Double Jeopardy'

 

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American Muslims Call Al- Arian Imprisonment 'Double Jeopardy'

 

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National Islamic Coalition Seeks End to 'Harassment' of Florida Professor

Seeks End to 'Harassment' o f Florida Professor The American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and

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 Al- Arian amounted to unconstitutional “double jeopardy.”

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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

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supporters say he is being held in a rat and cockroach- infested prison and is being forced to wear dirty and inadequate clothing as a form of harassment.

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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.

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.

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. tbo.com/news/ MGBAT3MOWGE. html

1- Honorable Judge Gerald Lee U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of

In a statement, the AMT said:

Virginia 401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

“It is becoming increasingly clear that the government

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

 

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

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.”

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AMT members endorsing this statement include:

American Muslim Alliance (AMA), Council on American- 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 Hope (PIH), and United Muslims of America (UMA)

CONTACT: Dr. Agha Saeed, Tel 510-299-9313, E-Mail:

aghaksaeed@yahoo. com

Agha Saeed, Tel 510-299-9313, E-Mail: aghaksaeed@yahoo. com BY E-MAIL: E-mails to the Department of Justice, including

BY E-MAIL:

E-mails to the Department of Justice, including the Attorney General, may be sent to AskDOJ@ usdoj.gov

3- The Honorable John Conyers, Jr 2426 Rayburn Building Washington, DC 20515 (202) 225-5126 (202) 225-0072 Fax John.Conyers @mail.house.gov

4- Senator Patrick Leahy 433 Russell Senate Office Building United States Senate Washington, DC 20510

(299029)224-4242

senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov

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Inform others about the case by organizing educational forums and fundraisers in your area. E-mail tampabayjustice@yahoo.com 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 .

support to Dr. Sami Al-Arian by sending letters to him . STATUS UPDATE Source: h
support to Dr. Sami Al-Arian by sending letters to him . STATUS UPDATE Source: h

STATUS UPDATE Source: h ttp://www.freesamialarian.com/hunger.html

On Monday Jan. 22, Dr. Sami Al-Arian began a hunger strike to protest continued government harassment.That day, Dr. Al-Arian appeared before a new grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, where he was subpoenaed by a rogue federal prosecutor to testify a second time in the same case. After Dr. Al- Arian expressed his ethical stance against testifying, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia held him in civil contempt, once again prolonging his suffering and imprisonment by up to 18 months. Dr. Al-Arian's originally scheduled release date is April 13.

Last November, the same judge placed Dr. Al-Arian in civil contempt for not testifying. At the time, his attorneys argued that cooperation was a clear violation of the plea agreement he reached with Florida prosecutors last May. One month after he was held in contempt, the grand jury term expired. However, less than a month later, a new grand jury was once again impaneled by Gordon Kromberg, a federal prosecutor whose racist statements against Arabs and Muslims are well-known.

During yesterday's court appearance, Dr. Al-Arian's attorney requested to delay the judge's decision until further evidence could be brought to light supporting Dr. Al-Arian's decision not testify and the highlighting the government's abuse of power. However, the

judge denied the request and ordered that Dr. Al-Arian be held in civil contempt. Please see below Dr. Al-Arian's statement before the judge.

This is the second hunger strike by Dr. Al-Arian, who is a diabetic, during his nearly four-year imprisonment. Following his February 20, 2003 incarceration, he went on a 140- day hunger strike to protest the government's political persecution. During that time, he was hospitalized and lost 45 pounds.

In recent weeks, Dr. Al-Arian has been placed under particularly arduous conditions after he was moved from Warsaw, Virginia to Atlanta because of what prison authorities 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.

These latest developments in Dr. Al-Arian's case are a clear and outrageous display of government corruption and abuse of power. In spite of an agreement intended to resolve his case once and for all, the government has continued to harass Dr. Al-Arian and mire him further in legal purgatory. He will remain on a hunger strike until the government ends its vindictive campaign against him and allows him to return to his wife and children.

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