Judge could dismiss charges in Al Arian hearing Friday listen04/22/09 Seán Kinane
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This Friday in Alexandria, Virginia, a judge could decide to dismiss criminal contempt charges against former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian.
In December of 2005, following a lengthy trial, Sami Al-Arian was found not guilty of the most serious charges that had been leveled against him. The jury was deadlocked on less serious charges.
Al-Arian is currently charged with criminal contempt of court for refusing to testify in a Virginia case. His attorneys have filed a motion for dismissal because they believe a 2006 plea agreement between Al-Arian and the government did not require him to cooperate in any other case, a point that Tampa prosecutors have conceded.
WMNF spoke today with Al-Arian’s daughter, journalist and author Laila Al-Arian, about the hearing coming up on Friday.