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Los Angeles Activists: Protest to Free Sami al-Arian, Aug 13, 5pm, Downtown

Posted by uscsjp on August 6, 2008

Free Dr. Sami al-Arian
Protest & Vigil

Wednesday, August 13th, 5pm
(Press Conference @ 4:30pm)

Downtown Federal Building
300 North Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for a press conference and protest/vigil in demanding
that the Federal Government immediately free Dr. Sami Al-Arian. We
will also be calling for a stop to the racist attacks against Muslims
and Arabs by the US Government.

Dr. Sami Al-Arian, one of the earliest victims of the “war on terror”
within the U.S. itself, continues to languish in jail for 5 years,
where he has been since his February 2003 arrest for the “crime” of
speaking out on behalf of the Palestinian struggle against Israel’s
apartheid.

Recently granted bond by a federal judge, Sami Al-Arian is still
being held in prison. In fact, Dr. Al-Arian is now being subjected to
the worst treatment by prison officials since his stay in Coleman
Federal Penitentiary in Florida three years ago.

On July 12th, a Federal judge pronounced that Dr. Al-Arian is not a
danger to the community nor a flight risk, and accordingly granted
him bail before his scheduled August 13th trial.

However, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), continues to hold
him.

Not content to merely keep Dr. Al-Arian from enjoying even a very
limited stint of freedom, the government is using all available means
to try to psychologically break him. Instead of keeping him in a
prison close to the Washington DC area where his two oldest children
live, the ICE has moved him to Pamunkey Regional Jail in Hanover, VA,
more than one hundred miles from the capital. He is being kept under
a 23-hour isolated lock-down and his children have been denied
visitation requests.

More critically, this distance makes it extremely difficult for Dr.
Al-Arian to meet with his attorneys in the final weeks before his
upcoming trial.

Please join us for a press conference and protest/vigil in demanding
that the Federal Government immediately free Dr. Sami Al-Arian!! We
will also be calling for a stop to the racist attacks against Muslims
and Arabs by the US Government!!

For more information or to co-sponsor call Katie Miller @ (323) 691-
5283.

Also,

Latest news on the Sami al-Arian case from Electronic Intifada:

Despite no conviction, Sami al-Arian remains in US prison

“WASHINGTON (IPS) – Nearly three years after the US government failed to convict Palestinian activist and former college professor Sami al-Arian of any charges in one of the most high-profile terrorism trials following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, he continues to be held in federal prison — where, if convicted in an upcoming trial on criminal contempt charges, he faces the prospect of remaining for decades…”

–Charles Davis, The Electronic Intifada, 5 August 2008

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article9742.shtml

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