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Al-Arian trial: The week in review

Published October 17, 2005

Jurors got this week off from the federal Sami Al-Arian trial so they could go on vacation. They will return on Oct. 24.

Former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants are on trial in federal court, accused of using Islamic charities as fronts in a conspiracy to finance terrorist attacks by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. With the trial expected to last six months, the St. Petersburg Time s is providing a weekly summary highlighting last week's important developments.

THE LATEST: Prosecutors in the trial of Sami Al-Arian spent last week introducing evidence from the computer of defendant Hatem Fariz, which was seized in a 2003 FBI search.

An FBI "investigative hacker" talked about the downloaded computer information, which, prosecutors say, shows Fariz's knowledge of Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorism and his contact with people linked to the PIJ in Gaza. Defense attorneys objected that the foundation for the links to the PIJ and to Fariz was not there.

WHAT'S NEXT: U.S. District Judge James S. Moody declared court closed for this week so jurors could go on vacation. When jurors return on Oct. 24, prosecutors will continue presenting the last of their evidence. They expect to finish by week's end. Then, the defense will present its case.

[Last modified October 17, 2005, 01:18:14]

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