(MASNET) Friday, March 30th marks 1500 days in jail for Dr. Sami Al-Arian. Dr. Al-Arian was recently sentenced to an additional eighteen months in jail for his refusal to testify before a grand jury. However, this verdict was rendered against him despite a plea agreement he had with the government, which included a no-cooperation clause. (See: MAS Net)
Dr. Al-Arian has been scheduled for a hearing with Judge Bruce Lee on April 20th, 7 days after his government agreed upon release date. Reports from family members indicate that "Dr. Al-Arian intends to restate his commitment to his non-cooperation clause and request Judge Lee to withdraw the current citation for contempt."
More on Dr. Al-Arian's ongoing persecution at Counter Punch
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