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Published:December 15th, 2007 05:58 EST
CAIR Welcomes Lifting of Al-Arian Contempt Charges

CAIR Welcomes Lifting of Al-Arian Contempt Charges

By SOP newswire

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcomed a federal judge's decision to lift civil contempt charges against Dr. Sami Al-Arian, a former University of South Florida professor who has been serving time for refusing to testify before a grand jury.

Civil contempt charges against Al-Arian were dropped when the grand jury he was subpoenaed to testify before expired. Prosecutors could seek additional contempt charges and jail time when a new grand jury is convened in January.

The Tampa Bay Coalition for Justice and Peace is calling on all of Al-Arian's supporters to continue to work for his freedom by writing to Attorney General Mukasey and the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairs to urge Al-Arian's release after the remainder of his original prison term is served. Click here for full release, including contact information.