Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Sami al-Arian and fellow jihadists acquitted

In a stunning turnabout, Sami al-Arian and his co-defendents were acquitted of terroism charges in a South Florida Federal Court.Professor acquitted of funding Islamist group - Yahoo! News

" The jury in Tampa, Florida, took 13 days to deliver its verdict against Sami al-Arian, who along with three co-defendants was accused of raising money for Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

The panel, delivering verdicts six months to the day after the trial started, found al-Arian not guilty of conspiracy to murder, providing material support to a terrorist group and obstruction of justice.

The other men, Sameeh Hammoudeh, Hatem Fariz and Ghassan Ballut, were also cleared of most of the charges against them.

The jury was deadlocked on several other charges and U.S. District Judge James Moody declared a mistrial on those counts."

This verdict will have far reaching consequences and send a message to jihadists both inside and outside America. Trust Freedom Fighter on that one.

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