Instructor Promotes Al-Arian Documentary

March 24, 2008

Author: Christine Gibson

Source: The Oracle

Sami Al-Arian, a former professor in USF's College of Engineering who was arrested in 2003 on charges of supporting the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, will face a grand jury either today or Tuesday for refusing to testify in a hearing that took place Thursday.

His case has received renewed national and international attention, partly thanks to a documentary being promoted by a former USF staffer.

Mel Underbakke, former instructor and research assistant in the College of Education at USF, is touring the country screening the film, USA vs. Al-Arian. The film focuses on the effects of the five-year trial on Al-Arian's family.