Al-Arian moved to Atlanta by Mitch E. Perry06/12/06
Sami Al-Arian has been moved to a Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta.
Last month a judge sentenced former USF professor Sami Al-Arian to another year and a half in prison before he will be deported in his terrorism conspiracy case. Judge James Moody called him "an active leader" in a Palestinian terror group, despite the fact that Al-Arian was not found guilty by a jury of 8 of the 17 indictments against him in his trialâ€¦The jury deadlocked on the other 9 counts.
Ina press release, the Tampa Bay Coalition of Peace and Justice said that last Wednesday, at 2:30AM, Al-Arian was moved from a correctional facility in Tallahassee to a penitentiary in Atlanta.
Al-Arian signed a plea agreement on April 14th in which he admitted providing support to members of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a State Department-designated terrorist group responsible for hundreds of deaths in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Mel Underbakke is with the Tampa Bay Coalition of Peace and Justice (roll tape#1 o.q.â€?make a phone callâ€?)
Al-Arian will be deported once his sentence has been served â€“ to an unknown country.
He was arrested in February of 2003 on terrorism charges. His trial began around a year ago and ended in early December, when he and his 3 co-defendants were acquitted on 61 counts, and deadlocked on the rest. 2 of those defendents were released immediately â€“ a 3rd, Sameeh Hamoudeh â€“ was detained until recently before being allowed to return to the Middle East. Al-Arian was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in jail last month by Federal Judge James Moody. With time already served, he will serve approximately 17 more months in jail.
Al-Arian supporter Mel Underbakke suggests that those who wish to remain in contact with Al-Arian, write to him in Atlanta (roll tape#2 o.q.â€?good, to inform themâ€?)
Again, Sami Al-Arian, moved last week from a jail in Tallahassee to a Federal facility in Atlanta.