Nahla Al-Arian says goodbye to Tampa

06/29/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Nahla Al-Arian

Another chapter in the decade plus long Sami Al-Arian saga ends tomorrow.

That’s when the former USF Professor’s wife and their 2 youngest children will be leaving Tampa , and moving to Egypt.

Speaking this morning on the WMNF public affairs show True Talk, Nahla Al-Arian says she is moving mainly because of her children (roll tape#1 o.q.”and go”)

Sami Al-Arian continues to be detained at a Virginia jail. Recently, a judge ordered him held until at least this fall on contempt charges for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating terrorist finances.

That case is completely separate from his imprisonment for admitting guilt to 1 count of materially supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian admitted to that count in a plea deal, where he was promised to be deported afterwards by the Federal Government. But he continues to be held in prison, nearly 4 ½ years after being arrested.

When asked what she will miss most about America, Nahla Al-Arian said it would be her friends (roll tape#2 o.q.”with everyone”)

Currently, Sami Al-Arian is being incarcerated at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Virginia.

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