Tampa Professor's Terror Trial to Begin
The terrorism trial of University of South Florida Professor Sami al-Arian begins tomorrow. He is being defended by Bill Moffitt of Washington, D.C., a highly esteemed trial lawyer and former President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. (NACDL) The Government alleges al-Arian was behind the financing of Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel.
Al-Arian had established an Islamic academic think tank, a school, a mosque and a charity for Palestinian children - but authorities were questioning whether the true mission of Al-Arian's work was to finance terrorist attacks in Israel.
Al-Arian and four others are accused of 53 counts of racketeering, conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists.
"Much of what people are saying about Sami Al-Arian could have been said likewise about Nelson Mandela," attorney William Moffitt said. "Now Nelson Mandela is a hero for having supported his people. Sami Al-Arian is a villain for being the voice of the Palestinian people. There aren't really a lot of voices in this country who have spoken favorably for the Palestinian people."
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