[Ppnews] Dr. Al-Arian Transferred back to Virginia
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Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace
March 18, 2008
Dr. Al-Arian Transferred to Virginia
ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- Yesterday, Dr. Sami Al-Arian was transferred from
the Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC back to the local jail in
Warsaw, Virginia where he was held previously, to comply with a
judge's March 3 order granting him immunity for a THIRD grand jury
appearance. Today is the 17th day of a water and food strike that Dr.
Al-Arian began to protest persistent harassment and psychological
torture by the Department of Justice. He has since lost 29 pounds.
Dr. Al-Arian is being asked to testify before yet another grand jury
less than three weeks before his scheduled release date. His
attorneys have advised Dr. Al-Arian not to testify, as the plea
agreement signed with prosecutors in April 2006 removed the
possibility of cooperation. Additionally, these grand jury subpoenas
are a trap intended to prolong Dr. Al-Arian's imprisonment long after
his promised release date. If he testifies, he is to be charged with
perjury, facing years of additional prison time. If he is convicted
of criminal contempt for not testifying, Dr. Al-Arian faces a minimum
of five years in prison. These efforts to convict Dr. Al-Arian in a
wholly separate case (more than two years after he was acquitted by a
federal jury) are clearly a last-ditch, vindictive effort on behalf
of the Justice Department, led by a rogue prosecutor who has made
bigoted statements against Muslims, to punish Dr. Al-Arian for his
acquittal. The Department of Justice must keep the promise it made to
Dr. Al-Arian in his plea agreement and release him on April 7, when
his current sentence is up.
Members of Dr. Al-Arian's family visited him last weekend at the
prison medical facility where he was being held in Butner, North
Carolina. They observed the effects of the hunger strike on Dr.
Al-Arian, noting symptoms of severe dehydration. As of Monday, Dr.
Al-Arian was examined by a doctor only one time in nearly a week. The
government refuses to allow an outside doctor to examine Dr. Al-Arian
despite requests by his attorneys, family members, and thousands of
supporters. Butner Medical Center received thousands of telephone
calls from concerned people from across the country and around the world.
Given that Dr. Al-Arian has been on a hunger strike since March 3,
2008 we urgently ask all conscientious and justice-seeking
individuals to FAX OR WRITE Judge Gerald Lee to ask for an immediate
end to Dr. Al-Arian's suffering.
1- Honorable Judge Gerald Lee
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
401 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 299-3339
2-Please contribute to the National Liberty Fund to help alleviate
costs of Dr. Al-Arian's
Please send checks to:
National Liberty Fund
P.O. Box 1211
24525 E. Welches Road
Welches, OR 97067
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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