Seventh Anniversary of the Political Persecution of Dr. Sami Al-Arian

FREE SAMI AL-ARIAN
POLITICAL PRISONER SINCE FEB. 20, 2003

Washington, DC – February 20, 2010 marks the seventh anniversary of the arrest of Professor Sami Al-Arian by U.S. authorities. On that day, in 2003, former Attorney General John Ashcroft declared in a nationally televised news conference, carried on all major media outlets, that Dr. Al-Arian was one of the most dangerous people in the world.

Based on these assertions, Dr. Al-Arian was held in solitary confinement for 43 straight months during and after his trial, despite the fact that he had never waived his right to a speedy trial. Amnesty International protested the conditions of his detention, calling them “gratuitously punitive.”

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