Transfer of Al-Arian Might Signal Plan For Deportation

April 16, 2008


Source: The Tampa Tribune

Sami Al-Arian has been transferred to the custody of immigration authorities, which could be a sign he is about to be deported.

Al-Arian's attorney, George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley, said it's also possible the transfer was only temporary, necessitated by the fact that he has served his sentence for contempt.

Federal authorities may be preparing another contempt charge against Al-Arian, who is refusing for the third time to testify before a federal grand jury, Turley said.

"We are still concerned the government will try to bring another criminal charge to prolong his confinement," Turley said. "The government has already shown that it will go to extreme lengths to prolong his incarceration."