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February 27, 2003

USF Fires Professor Indicted On Terrorism Charges

You have to love this explanation given by the Tampa school for the firing of a terrorist
- A Palestinian professor charged with leading the U.S. operations of a Middle Eastern terrorist group was fired Wednesday by the University of South Florida.

Sami Al-Arian, who had been suspended since shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, violated university policy, USF president Judy Genshaft said.

"Dr. Al-Arian's statements about his activities have been false and misleading and he's failed to meet our high professional standards," Genshaft said. "No longer will he be able to hide under the shield of academic freedom."

Genshaft declined to answer questions about Al-Arian's criminal case during a midday news conference.

Al-Arian was arrested last Thursday, one of four people arrested here and in Chicago. They are accused in a 121-page indictment of setting up a terrorist cell at USF. [more]