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Defense attorney Linda Moreno speaks out about client Aafia Siddiqui listen

02/16/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Earlier this month the US-educated Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui was convicted by a New York jury of attempted murder.

She was accused of shooting at, but not injuring, US forces while she was in custody in Afghanistan.

One of her defense attorneys, Linda Moreno, is best known to people in Tampa Bay for representing Sami Al-Arian.

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Sami Al-Arian to go on trial on contempt charges listen

01/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that Sami Al-Arian should stand trial in March for criminal contempt.

The ruling was a blow to the former USF professor, who was released on bail by Judge Leonie Brinkema back in September after being incarcerated in numerous prisons and jails since his arrest in February 2003 on federal terrorism charges.

Mel Underbakke is with the group Friends of Human Rights. She says she was one of nearly two dozen supporters of Al-Arian from Tampa in the ...

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Esposito discusses religious differences listen

11/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John Esposito is the founding director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, where he is a professor of religion, international affairs and Islamic studies.

Esposito was in Tampa on Saturday to address a banquet for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). WMNF spoke with Esposito and began by asking about his most recent book.

“…I’m certainly hopeful that the Al-Arian situation will be turned around.”

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Al-Arian released from prison listen

09/03/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday Dr. Sami Al-Arian was released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Even though his criminal sentence ended 16 months ago, Al-Arian had been held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since a federal judge ordered him released on bail in July.

WMNF spoke with Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian Tuesday night.

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Judge postpones Al-Arian trial

08/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The next trial of former USF professor Sami Al-Arian has been postponed after a judge raised new doubts about the validity of the prosecution.

Al-Arian had been scheduled to go on trial next week in Virginia on contempt charges after refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about a case unrelated to his original terrorist related charges. But today, U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema overruled prosecutors' objections and postponed the trial indefinitely. In doing so, she questioned w...

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Al-Arian finally closer to freedom? listen

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Yesterday, a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, order Sami Al-Arian released on his criminal contempt charges, but refused to block immigration authorities from detaining him before he is to be deported.

The U.S. government agreed to "expeditiously" deport Al-Arian in 2006, once he finished serving his criminal sentence in a terrorism support case. He was arrested in 2003.

But over the past couple of years, as he served his time for pleading guilty to one charge of materially suppor...

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Al-Arian arraigned on contempt charge listen

06/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian was formally arraigned today in federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia. Thursday Al-Arian was charged with two counts of contempt of court, stemming from his refusal to testify before a Virginia grand jury.

Al-Arian’s daughter, freelance journalist Laila Al-Arian, was at Monday’s arraignment in Alexandria, and said the judge is considering releasing Dr. Al-Arian on bond while he is awaiting trial on contempt charges....

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Al-Arian indicted on contempt charge listen

06/27/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Former USF professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian, who has completed his sentence and was awaiting deportation, was indicted Thursday on two counts of contempt of court in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Dr. Al-Arian was tried in Tampa in 2005 and found not guilty of eight charges.

Al-Arian signed a plea agreement in 2006 under government threats of a second trial. He pled guilty to one count of assisting associates of a terrorist group with nonviolent activities. His sentence was supposed to ...

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Naomi Klein responds to Al-Arian indictment

06/27/08 Mary Glenny
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday

Naomi Klein is an activist and author; her most recent book is titled The Shock Doctrine, The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.

WMNF Women’s Show host Mary Glenny spoke with Klein today and asked for her reaction to the latest indictment of Dr. Sami Al-Arian.

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Al-Arian ends hunger strike listen

05/01/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Former USF engineering professor Dr. Sami Al-Arian suspended his most recent hunger strike on Monday and has since been moved from solitary confinement to the general population of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Al-Arian has been in jail for more than five years; he completed his sentence last month yet he remains in jail awaiting the deportation called for in his plea agreement, said Mel Underbakke, who is with Friends of Human Rights.

Al-Arian ended his hung...

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