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Monday, May 01, 2006

Al-Arian

"You lifted not one finger. To the contrary, you laughed when you heard of the bombings. … You are a master manipulator. The evidence is clear in this case. You were a leader of the [Palestinian Islamic Jihad]."

Thus the judge in the Sami al-Arian case, which has finally ended:

Former Florida University professor Sami al-Arian was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison on Monday for aiding the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad.

U.S. District Judge James Moody sentenced al-Arian to the maximum 57 months in prison but gave him credit for 38 months he has already served. He will have to serve the balance, 19 months, before being deported, prosecutors said.