DALLAS — Aug. 13, 2014 — Representatives from Muslim Legal Fund of America agreed to fund legal fees and expenses required to safeguard Dr. Sami Al-Arian’s legal rights during his voluntary departure from the United States.
Exonerated Professor Seeks Help in Safeguarding Legal Rights During Voluntary Departure from U.S.
In June, a federal judge signed an order to drop all charges against Dr. Al-Arian after an extensive legal battle that followed federal prosecutors’ failed attempt to criminalize the professor’s First Amendment activities. As part of a plea deal that included a non-cooperation clause, Dr. Al-Arian agreed to leave the country. The government failed to honor the agreement and arrested the professor in an attempt to coerce him into violating his non-cooperation stipulation.
After several years of advocacy and litigation, Dr. Al-Arian is finally free to leave the country and forge a future in a new home. However, he has no citizenship in any other country because he is Palestinian. Therefore, MLFA is funding the work required to protect the professor’s legal rights as he searches for a new country to call home.
“We’re happy that charges against Dr. Al-Arian were finally dropped,” said Khalil Meek, executive director of MLFA. “Now, we need to make sure his legal and human rights are respected as he moves forward.”
Nahla Al-Arian, wife of Professor Al-Arian said, “Our family is very grateful to MLFA’s vital support to our case over the years. Our community needs to support such outstanding and critical organization that is solely dedicated to safeguard our rights and is not afraid to challenge the worst abuses by the government to our constitutional and civil rights.”
Meek asks people donate to MLFA to support Dr. Al-Arian and other cases in which the legal rights of Muslims in America are threatened. Supporters can donate to MLFA on mlfa.org, by calling 972-331-9021, or by mailing a donation to MLFA at 833 E Arapaho Rd, Suite 209 in Richardson, TX 75081.
Muslim Legal Fund of America is a national charity that funds legal work and programs to defend Muslims against injustice in American courtrooms, prisons, and communities. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, association, religion, the right to a fair trial, and other constitutional rights. To learn more about MLFA, visit their website at www.mlfa.org.