Muslim leaders demand Palestinian academic's release / VIDEO

A coalition of Muslim leaders has demanded that US government set Palestinian academic Dr Sami Al-Arain free after five years of imprisonment.

Muslim leaders demand Palestinian academic's release / VIDEO

By Worldbulletin staff

As US Palestinian academic Dr Sami Al-Arain completes nearly 50 day of his hunger strike in protest against his unjust jailing on terrorism charges, a coalition of Muslim leaders has demanded that the government abide by the terms it agreed to earlier and set him free after five years of imprisonment, Daily Times reported.

The leaders addressing a press conference to demand Al-Arain's freedom at the Malcolm X & Betty Shabazz Memorial Educational and Cultural Centre in Harlem this week pointed out that the Palestinian professor is being held in isolation and transferred from one holding facility to another in a seriously weakened state, and without any medical monitoring.

His daughter Laila Al-Arian said that even the family does not know where he is being held.

The speakers included Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz; Ramsey Clark and Sara Flounders of the International Action Centre; Imam Siraj Wahaj, Imam Talib Abdur-Rashid and Aliya Latif of the Council on American-Islamic Relations; Heidi Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild; Ghazi Khan of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights; Mahdi Brey of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation; and Muhammad Salim Akhtar of the American Muslim Alliance.

No evidence

Al-Arian, a tenured professor at the University of South Florida, was arrested in 2003. The then-Attorney General John Ashcroft claimed it as the "arrest of the most dangerous financier of Islamic Jihad in the Western world."

The Justice Department has spent $50 million prosecuting the case.

After a six-month trial, a jury found no evidence that any crime had been committed.

Despite the verdict and in violation of the terms of release and deportation set by the Justice Department, the authorities have continued to refuse to release Al-Arian.

Instead, they have demanded that he give testimony against others, something he has refused to do.

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