[Ppnews] Sami Al-Arian Hearing this Friday

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Tue Feb 17 10:32:00 EST 2009

Hearing this Friday to Revisit Original 2006 Plea Agreement
Judge has ordered reluctant government prosecutors to provide crucial 
evidence about the plea negotiations


February 17, 2009 - Alexandria, VA - Last week featured important 
legal developments in Dr. Sami Al-Arian's case. In a second round of 
motions, government prosecutors have once again asked the judge to 
reconsider her latest rulings in the case. Specifically, they are 
asking that she reverse her decision to compel the government to turn 
over evidence regarding the negotiations for the 2006 plea agreement 
concluded between Dr. Al-Arian and the Department of Justice 
previous press release for details).

        There will be an important hearing in Dr. Al-Arian's case 
this Friday, February 20th at 9 AM sharp. The defense, having 
responded strongly to the government's motions, believes the judge 
should deny the prosecutors' motion for reconsideration. This hearing 
will be very important in charting the course of the case, as it will 
determine whether Dr. Al-Arian will be able to present a defense 
during the trial. In their motion, prosecutors seek to prevent the 
court and the public from getting to the bottom of the facts in the 
case: specifically, they refuse to turn over evidence regarding prior 
promises made to Dr. Al-Arian by the government that he would not 
have to cooperate in any other cases and that he would be deported 
expeditiously following the completion of his sentence in 2006.

        It is vital that as many of Dr. Al-Arian's supporters as 
possible attend the hearing and witness the government's 
unjustifiable refusal to shed light on what actually occurred during 
the plea negotiations.

        Supporters are advised to come to the courthouse no later 
than 8:45 A.M. to ensure seating. The courthouse (address below) is 
within walking distance from the King Street Station (Blue and Yellow 
here for metro schedules and maps. 
here for Google Maps for directions to the courthouse.

Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse
401 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, VA 22314

        This coming Friday also marks the sixth year since Dr. 
Al-Arian's arrest under the auspices of the Bush administration. 
Despite a promise three years ago by the Department of Justice that 
Dr. Al-Arian's case would be concluded after signing the plea 
agreement, his ordeal continues with seemingly no end in sight.

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