Israelis testify in Florida

Thursday, September 01, 2005 | 
Prosecuting attorneys in the trial of Professor Sami Al-Arian and three co-defendants have prepared their case well. Al-Arian is accused of heading up the US branch of the Islamic Jihad and raising funds to finance and plan terrorist attacks in Israel. The prosecuting attorneys believe Al-Arian is a senior leader of the terrorist group, and they’ve amassed a mountain of evidence, including money transfers and wire-tapped conversations that go back 10 years.

As the trial enters its third month, the prosecution brought five Israelis eyewitnesses to testify and it’s working on bringing more. The Israeli government has also provided intelligence information to aid the prosecution's case. The case specifies a suicide attack that took place in June 2002, when an explosives-laden car crashed into an Egged bus at the Megiddo junction, killing 17 and injuring 45. Despite defense attorneys’ objections, the court allowed graphic photos of the attack to be submitted as evidence. It appears that the trial will continue for several more months.

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