FBI Reveals Tampa Terrorist Cell Evidence

(AP/South Florida Sun-Sentinel) - FBI agents monitored a group of Palestinians in Florida for more than a decade and drew the connections between Middle East terrorists and the seemingly quiet academics through a web of money transfers, faxes, and scanned mail, according to court documents released Thursday. In a 100-page affidavit, FBI Agent Kerry Myers detailed the investigation of former University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian and three others named in a 50-count federal racketeering indictment. The evidence ties Al-Arian to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In June 1993, Al-Arian sent four wire transfers of $2,000 each from his bank in Tampa to the bank accounts in Israel established for the spouses or close relatives of four terrorists responsible for the February 1992 slayings of three Israelis.

2003-12-12 00:00:00

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