Dr. Sami Al-Arian To Be Released Soon
After failing to convince a jury to convict him on any charge, the US government has decided not to re-try Dr. Sami-Alrian on the remaining charges (which the jury dead-locked on). An agreement was signed between the two parties that would allow Al-Arian to be released from jail and deported to another country. I wrote about Dr. Al-Arian's horrific ordeal with the US government in this post.
His wife Nahla spoke to Aljazeera today explaining that his plea was simply acknowledging that he was part of an organization which the US considers an illegal one, but that his involvement was strictly humanitarian in nature. The government wanted to save face after a stunning victory for Al-Arian where the jury did not find him nor any of 3 friends guilty in any of the more than 200 charges put forth by the government.
Douglas W. Kmiec, a law professor at Pepperdine University in California and an assistant attorney general from 1985 to 1989, called the deal "a face-saving gesture" in a test case that was a serious disappointment to the government.Al-Arian chose to sign this plea as it is the last and final way to put an end to this trial that has devastated his career and his family.
Moreno, al-Arian's lawyer, said that given his pending sentencing, scheduled for May 1, "this is not a time for any political statement to be made." But she said the former University of South Florida computer engineer was "at peace" with "a just resolution to bring about closure to a nightmare."[technorati tags: Al-Arian, law, US, terrorism trials, failures]
"Dr. al-Arian has been very sensitive to the suffering of his family and his five children, and in particular his two youngest children, who have been the most traumatized by having their father in prison for three years," Moreno said.