Thursday, April 20, 2006

US - What do Sami Al-Arian's defenders say now?

His defenders were quick to lash out at everyone over the charges against Al-Arian. What do they have to say now he's confessed?

The agreement leaves no room for doubt: “Defendant is pleading guilty because defendant is in fact guilty. The defendant certifies that the defendant does hereby admit that the facts set forth below [in the plea agreement] are true, and were this case to go to trial, the United States would be able to prove those specific facts and others beyond a reasonable doubt.” What’s more, Al-Arian acknowledged that he was “pleading guilty freely and voluntarily…and without threats, force, intimidation, or coercion of any kind.”


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