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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-14-07 08:54 AM
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Jailed Palestinian Professor Transferred, Alleges Prison Abuse
The jailed Palestinian professor Sami Al-Arian is claiming to have suffered new abuse at the hands of prison guards. Al-Arian has been transferred from North Carolina to a new prison in Virginia. He recently ended his 60-day hunger strike at the urging of his family. He had lost 53 pounds and become too weak to walk. Earlier today we spoke to Sami al-Arians daughter Laila for an update on Samis condition.

Laila al-Arian: On Thursday morning one day before my father was supposed to have been released from prison after his four year imprisonment he was assaulted by racist guards. They took away his legal materials. At one point an officer was stripping my father and asked him Where are you from, Afghanistan? My father refused to ask the question but kept repeating it several times. And then he finally told my father It doesnt matter where youre from. If I had my way, you wouldnt be in prison, Id put a bullet in your head and get it done with. Youre nothing but a piece of . My father told him Why do you say that? You dont know me. The guard replied: I know enough about all you guys. Youre all pieces of . You can go pray to the f--- that you pray to. My father asked the guard what his name was, he refused to answer. His lieutenant also continued hurling obscenities at my father. He kept squeezing his handcuffs and restraints tighter and tighter till my father was numb for four hours from the trip from Petersburg to Alexandria, Virginia. They just kept telling him to shut the f--- up and each time they would tighten his shackles to increase the pain. Its important to say that this same guard who harrassed my father yesterday back in January he told him Youre a terrorist, I can tell by your name. So this is clearly a pattern from these guards and nothing is being done to stop this kind of harrasment and abuse.

Al-Arian remains in jail despite a jurys failure over a year ago to return a single guilty verdict on any of the 17 charges brought against him. The U.S. government had accused him of being a leader of Palestinian Islamic Jihad. He eventually signed a plea deal with the government in exchange for being released and deported. He was scheduled to be released in April. But in January judge James Moody Jr. sentenced him to an additional 18 months in jail for refusing to testify before a Virginia grand jury.

Prosecutors: Judge Violated Al-Arians Plea Deal
In a new development, Al-Arians prosecutors are now claiming Moody has essentially violated Al-Arians plea deal. In a brief filed this week, the prosecutors say Moody had no jurisdiction to decide whether Al-Arian can be forced to testify in an unrelated case.
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