Sami Al-Arian Contempt Citation Extended


A federal judge has extended the contempt citation against former Florida professor Sami Al-Arian over his refusal to testify about his ties to the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), an important organization in the U.S Muslim Brotherhood network. In 2005, a federal jury deadlocked on eight of nine charges related to aiding terrorists but Al-Arian pleased guilty to one count of supporting a Palestinian terrorist organization. Having already served most of his sentence, it was expected that Al-Arian would be released and deported this year but the ongoing contempt citation is preventing that from happening. IIIT was one of the Herdon, Virginia organizations that are sometimes referred to as the SAAR Network or SAFA Group that was raided by federal agencies in March 2002.

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