Indictment Ties U.S. Professor and 8 Others to Terror Group

(New York Times) - Eric Lichtblau with Judith Miller In a 50-count grand jury indictment unsealed in Tampa on Thursday, federal prosecutors brought racketeering charges against a Florida professor and seven other people, accusing them of financing and helping support suicide bombings in Israel. The indictment charges that Palestinian Islamic Jihad, linked to more than 100 killings in Israel, has been deeply rooted within the U.S. since the 1980s, using American academic and fund-raising groups as fronts. Prosecutors charged that Sami Al-Arian, a suspended professor at the University of South Florida, was the group's North American leader and conducted a wide-ranging conspiracy to funnel money, support, and logistical advice to terrorists in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

2003-02-21 00:00:00

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