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Arab Americans demand release of Sami Al-Arian

6. January 2006

Despite being acqitted in a political process he remains imprisoned

The National Council of Arab Americans (“NCA”) strongly urges US authorities to respect the verdict and immediately release Dr. Sami Al-Arian who has been rightfully acquitted of the most serious of terrorism-related charges. The NCA notes the jury declared “Not Guilty” eight times and did not return a single guilty verdict on any of the charges after a lengthy trial that included more than 80 witnesses and 400 transcripts of intercepted phone conversations and faxes.

The jury verdict, despite a government-imposed adversarial atmosphere, makes it clear that Dr. Al-Arian’s speech in support of the legitimate human rights of Palestinians, as reaffirmed by the United Nations and countless international bodies year after year, does not constitute a crime, but is instead a constitutionally protected fundamental right in the US—the right to free speech.

Yet, despite his demonstrated innocence and acquittal, Dr. Al- Arian remains unjustly imprisoned, often under inhumane conditions, as he has been for nearly three years. As a result, Dr. Al-Arian’s wife and children are forced to endure the severe emotional trauma of witnessing a loving father and caring husband remain wrongfully imprisoned.

The NCA urges the government to avoid further fanning the flames of injustice by transforming Dr. Al-Arian’s detention into unjust deportation.

The NCA strongly urges the government to serve the interests of justice by immediately freeing Dr. Sami Al-Arian and dropping all charges.
Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales
PHONE: 202-514-2001 and 202-353-1555
MAIL: U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

The other decision maker is Paul Perez, Chief Prosecutor. Please ask him to drop all charges and free Dr. Al-Arian.
Any e-mail can be sent to
Ask that it be forwarded to Paul Perez

Please CC all letters to Pastor Warren Clark, at

NCA National Office
National Council of Arab Americans (NCA)
phone: 530.756.5548