Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Department of Justice Statement on the Al Arian Case

To: National Desk
Contact: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, 202-514-2007 or 202-514-1888 (TDD)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The following is a statement of Tasia Scolinos, director of public affairs, U.S. Department of Justice, on the Al Arian Case:
"The Justice Department has a strong track record of success in prosecuting terrorists and those who support terrorist activities, as evidenced by the convictions in recent weeks in the Abu Ali and Paracha cases. We remain focused on the important task at hand, which is to protect our country through our ongoing vigorous prosecution of terrorism cases. While we respect the jury's verdict, we stand by the evidence we presented in court against Sami Al Arian and his co-defendants. Discussions are ongoing as to whether the government will seek to retry defendants Al Arian and Hatem Fariz on the outstanding charges."

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