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September 23, 2021
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Al-Arian Released on Bail
(WUSF) - The end result of the ruling by a federal judge in Alexandria, Va., may mean Sami Al-Arian is one step closer to being deported.

Al-Arian was transferred to a Virginia jail nearly two years ago by federal authorities, who sought his testimony in a case against an Islamic charity. But the ousted USF computer science professor has refused, and has been hit with several contempt-of-court charges.

A federal judge there ordered Al-Arian released pending a trial on another contempt charge. But she has refused to block immigration authorities from detaining Al-Arian as a prelude to his deportation.

In 2005, after a six month trial in Tampa, Al-Arian was acquitted on eight counts and the jury deadlocked on the remaining nine counts. He later pleaded guilty to one count of of aiding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a designated terrorist group. The deal included his deportation after serving his sentence.
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