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Terror Indictments

Al-Arian associate arrested on immigration charges

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March 21, 2003

ORLANDO -- A University of Central Florida professor, who is friends with two prominent Palestinian-Americans arrested in recent months, was taken into federal custody and charged with immigration violations.

Hussam Jubara, 42, a computer engineering professor, was charged Wednesday with making false statements on immigration forms used to fight deportation proceedings in 1998, according to a federal affidavit.

Federal authorities allege that Jubara lied about a prior marriage in 1984, misrepresented his immigration history and failed to disclose other names he used. He also concealed $26,000 in "under-the-table" income he received while working for an Orlando gift shop chain in 1995 and 1996, according to the affidavit.

The chain is owned by Jesse Maali, an Orlando resident of Palestinian descent who was arrested last year on charges he hired illegal immigrants for his shops.

Jubara also was an associate of Sami Al-Arian, the University of South Florida professor indicted last month in Tampa on racketeering and terrorism-related charges.

As a Tampa student in 1988, Jubara helped found the Islamic Concern Project with Al-Arian and served as a director and secretary of the organization, which federal agents closed down in 1995. Federal prosecutors have characterized it as a front for a Palestinian terrorist group.

During Jubara's appearance in Orlando federal court Thursday, he was ordered jailed until his bail hearing Monday.

UCF spokeswoman Linda Gray said Jubara, whose contract is up for review in May, will be allowed to teach until the charges are resolved.

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