Candidate under fire for terror defense

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate candidate Tom Campbell is under fire for inconsistent statements about his defense of a Florida academic with ties to terrorism, analysts say.

Al-Arian faces criminal contempt trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday that a former Florida professor convicted of conspiring to help terrorists should stand trial for criminal contempt.

Charges could be dropped in terror case

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Contempt charges against a former Florida professor convicted of conspiring to help terrorists could collapse because of prosecutorial missteps, experts say.

Muslim group praises professor's release

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Muslim Public Affairs Council Tuesday praised the release of former Professor Sami al-Arian from U.S. custody.

Former professor charged with contempt

ARLINGTON, Va., June 27 (UPI) -- An ex-professor who ran an Islamic organization at a Florida college was charged with criminal contempt for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury.

Former terror suspect on hunger strike

PORTSMOUTH, Va., April 23 (UPI) -- An ex-University of South Florida professor once suspected of financing terrorism is on a hunger strike and suicide watch in a Virginia jail, officials say.

Al-Arian kin heading home to Egypt

TAMPA, Fla., June 20 (UPI) -- The family of Sami Al-Arian, a former Florida university professor convicted of supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, is moving to Egypt.

U.S. vows to force-feed inmate on strike

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. prison officials say they will force-feed a hunger-striking North Carolina inmate who is refusing to testify before a grand jury.

Prisoner collapses during hunger strike

NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A prisoner hunger striking to protest being held beyond his sentence at a regional jail in Warsaw, Va., has collapsed.

Professor sentenced for aiding terror

TAMPA, Fla., May 1 (UPI) -- A federal judge in Tampa imposed the maximum sentence Monday on a former University of South Florida professor who admitted supporting Islamic Jihad.

Florida professor to be deported

TAMPA, Fla., April 14 (UPI) -- Sami al-Arian, a former University of South Florida professor, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy under a deal with the U.S. government.

Acquitted professor still in Florida jail

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Demonstrators gathered in Tampa, Fla., to protest the continued imprisonment of a former college professor who was acquitted of terror charges last week. While acquitted of eight criminal charges, Sami al-Arian is being held without bail while the U.S. Ju

Acquitted terror accused may be deported

WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. federal agents may retry or seek to deport to the Middle East a former Florida professor who was acquitted on terrorism charges.

Al-Arian acquitted of some terror charges

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian Tuesday was acquitted of charges he helped a terror group that set up a cell in southern Florida. The former USF computer science professor, smiled, cried and blew kisses to his weeping wife when

Terror fund-raising trial may not move

TAMPA, Fla., May 18 (UPI) -- Jury selection in the trial of a former professor charged with helping fund terrorism is progressing and the trial may not be moved from Tampa, Fla.
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Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian (Arabic: سامي العريان‎) (born January 14, 1958 in Kuwait) is a professor of computer engineering and civic activist. The son of Palestinian refugees to the United States, in 2006 he made a plea agreement to plead guilty to conspiracy to help a "specially designated terrorist" organization, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Al-Arian was sentenced to 57 months in prison and given credit for time served. He was to serve the balance of 19 months and then be deported. In March 2008 the U.S. Department of Justice subpoenaed Al-Arian to testify before another grand jury. Because he refused to testify, prosecutors charged him with criminal contempt in June 2008. On September 2, 2008, Al-Arian was released from detention on bond. He will remain under house arrest as he awaits a trial on contempt charges.

Sami Al-Arian was born in Kuwait He came to the United States in 1975 at the age of 17 to attend university. He obtained his Bachelor's Degree, graduating with honors in 1978 with a major in Electrical Engineering, and completed his Master's Degree and Ph.D. in computer engineering in 1980 and 1985 respectively. In 1986, he was hired as a professor in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Al-Arian is married to Nahla Al-Arian and has five children. His son Abdullah Al-Arian was intern for U.S. Rep. David E. Bonior in 2001. Sami Al-Arian's eldest daughter, Laila Al-Arian, is a producer for Al Jazeera English in Washington DC and a contributor to Huffington Post and The Nation.

Al-Arian was a frequent speaker and lecturer on college campuses, churches, and conferences on interfaith dialogue, community development, and civil rights. He also organized voter registration drives, political candidates and lobbied policy makers. In 1981 he helped establish the Islamic Society of North America. In 1990 he co-founded the World and Islam Studies Enterprise (WISE), an academic institution promoting dialogue between the Muslim and Western worlds. He also helped establish the Islamic Committee for Palestine to raise awareness of the plight of the Palestinians. . In 1997 he cofounded the Tampa Bay Coalition for Peace and Justice which focused on the use of secret evidence and other civil rights violations legislated in 1996 antiterrorism and immigration acts. He also co-founded the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom to oppose the use of secret evidence and was elected its first president in 2000.

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