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February 20, 2003

FBI arrests professor with suspected terrorist ties

Will the tenure issue be raised once again to defend this guy?
TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- Federal agents Thursday arrested a Palestinian college professor who previously had been accused of having terrorist ties, federal law enforcement sources said, charging him with raising money in the United States to support the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

One law enforcement source said that University of South Florida professor Sami Al-Arian and two others were arrested.

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft is expected to announce the charges at a news conference Thursday afternoon, at which time the indictment will be unsealed.

The FBI confirmed that Al-Arian was in federal custody and a court hearing is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. [more]