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Al-Arian Files Habeas for Release

Posted by uscsjp on September 1, 2008

“A Palestinian Arab activist and former college professor who has been in federal custody since 2003, Sami Al-Arian, is pressing a new habeas corpus petition arguing that he is being illegally detained by immigration officials. Lawyers for Al-Arian filed the petition for a habeas writ in federal court in Alexandria, Va. on Monday, according to records reviewed by The New York Sun. The pleading represents the newest chapter in a Byzantine series of legal proceedings involving the Kuwaiti-born Al-Arian, who was a leading political organizer for the Palestinian community in America before he was indicted in 2003 on charges that he served as a top official of Palestinian Islamic Jihad…”

–Josh Gerstein, The New York Sun, August 28, 2008

Also, more background provided in this March 3, 2008 piece from JURIST Forum:

The Torture of Sami Al-Arian
“JURIST Guest Columnist Perter Erlinder of William Mitchell College of Law, attorney on appeal for Dr. Sami Al Arian, says that the treatment accorded the acquitted but still detained academic Palestinian activist from Tampa – now on hunger strike and in danger of irreversible renal failure at a federal prison hospital – is abuse of power amounting to torture taking place in the United States itself under the aegis of the Bush Administration and its ‘war on terror’…”

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