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In the words of his daughter, Leena:

“We’re almost afraid to have hope because every time we do, we get knocked down. But, maybe, this time will be different.”

Even though Judge Brinkema granted bail, Al-Arian was not released, and he would stay in custody with immigration officials.

Once Al-Arian is in the custody of ICE, authorities will have 48 hours to give him a notice to appear, which Rios described as a summons to begin the deportation process. He said deportation could happen within 60 days from that point or take up to a year, depending on the case.

While the news is good in general, another lawyers states:

“At the end of the day, I’m not sure we’ve accomplished a whole lot,” Suarez said. “He’ll still be held on these immigration issues.”

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That is disconcerting. Based on past history, the Feds will do whatever it takes to keep him tangled in immigration issues, and prolong his unjust imprisonment.

Al-Arian’s trial on the criminal contempt charges is scheduled for mid August. If found guilty, he could remain in prison for years. Al-Arian’s attorney, Jonathan Turley, said, “The government has painted itself into a corner with Dr. Al-Arian. … Either it must release him on bond or deport him very soon.”

Let’s hope and pray inshallah that Dr. Al-Arian is reunited with his family as soon as possible, and this prolonged injustice by US government comes to an end. May Allah help him. Ameen.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Amad

    July 11, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Subhanallah, the trials (pun-intended) that this brother has gone through… unbelievable how egoistic and vengeful the DOJ can become if they don’t “get” their victim. I wonder what new plot Mukasey must be plotting to hold Arian longer.

  2. Hassan

    July 11, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Why he is been granted bail?? He committed the worst crimes in history of humanity. He supported vocally, coward rock throwing Palestinians over brave heavy armored fleeing Israeli oppressed soldiers. Worse he was critical of state of Israel who has never committed anything remotely wrong.

  3. Amad

    July 11, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Be sure to visit Turley’s website… it has lots of pertinent information about the malicious way that the Feds are treating this case.

    I found this comment quite telling (and obviously true) from a Karin Friedemann:

    I wonder if it is a mistake to focus on “the government” as the instigator of the harrassment of Prof. Al-Arian. As with most such outlandish cases against US Muslims, the key players are not the government but Jewish think tanks like Steven Emerson and Rita Katz, coordinated by the Israeli government using various organizations who “know people.”

    It is very important for Al-Arian to countersue to demand documents and paper trails for the government’s prosecution case. Please review the archives of my blog above, where it discusses the David Project’s campaign against the Roxbury Mosque. Discovery documents revealed a clear conspiracy against Constitutional rights, between very specific individuals and organizations. The blog links to actual court documents. Later on, another document was discovered that actually came from Israel, which spearheaded the whole media smear campaign and the legal campaign against certain people the Jewish groups decided on to target.

    As soon as you counter-sue the government, you should be able to expose all the links to all the media stories and the subsequent legal actions that would amount to a criminal conspiracy, and would take the pressure off Al-Arian. As soon as the discovery documents became public, the Zionist organizations connected to Bill Kristol in DC, who were pressuring the City of Boston, suddenly backed down and dropped the case against the mosque. It is my only regret that the mosque did not pursue the case in order to put these people behind bars.

  4. takle

    July 14, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Maybe it’s just me. But I was curious as to why this blog puts up pics of women (muslim or not). It’s odd, bcs you gotta lower you gaze on this site too. Which sucks.

    Clean up the pics MuslimMatters!!

    And I’m not interested in hearing the ‘well you visit cnn.com’ blah blah. I actually visit sites with images turned off for that reason. Now i’ll have to do it for muslimmatters.

  5. Amad

    July 14, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    “takle”, pictures tell a thousand stories… in this case, it is to show the human/family side of Dr. Arian. Images go a long way in biasing opinions (or on this case, correcting the image of a terrorist-monster created for Al-Arian). I remember when Sh. Muhamad AlShareef’s father was taken into custody in Egypt (of course for no valid reason), images of the Shaykh’s mother and family on TV with tears or other emotions probably went a long way in creating support and empathy.

    So, this picture tells a lot too. Of the trauma and heartache turned to joy for a news that may still be fleeting. We try to be as discriminating with the use of appropriate images as we can.

    Now, pls focus on Br. Arian :)

  6. ummafnaan

    July 15, 2008 at 3:41 AM

    “takle”, pictures tell a thousand stories… in this case, it is to show the human/family side of Dr. Arian. Images go a long way in biasing opinions

    Absolutely. I agree 100%. Without the pictures it just wouldn’t have the same effect.

  7. takle

    July 15, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Amad:
    I see your point. Assuming this logic, it can really apply to a select few situations.
    “We try to be as discriminating with the use of appropriate images as we can.” <- this is great. As long as this is the case, i’m glad. I’ll hold you to it (jk)

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