Today’s Al-Arian Florida jihad update comes to you from the Tampa Tribune (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
TAMPA – For the first time since Sami Al-Arian’s trial started two months ago, prosecutors presented direct evidence Monday that Al-Arian tried to raise money for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad after it was illegal to do so.
Jurors were read a Feb. 10, 1995, letter Al-Arian wrote to Kuwaiti legislator Isma’il al- Shatti. The letter was seized from Al-Arian’s house during a search in November 1995.
It was written 18 days after a double suicide bombing in Beit Lid, Israel, that killed 22 people, including 20 Israeli soldiers. The letter was dated 16 days after President Clinton designated the Islamic Jihad a foreign terrorist organization, making it illegal to provide it material support.
“The latest operation, carried out by the two mujahideen who were martyred for the sake of God, is the best guide and witness to what the believing few can do in the face of Arab and Islamic collapse at the heels of the Zionist enemy and in keeping the flame of faith, steadfastness and defiance glowing,” the letter states, according to a government translation consented to by the defense.
After the letter was read, Al- Arian’s attorney, William Moffitt, moved for a mistrial, arguing there was no proof the letter was sent or received. Moffitt said the government interviewed al-Shatti, who did not remember seeing the letter.
Oh, he doesn’t remember seeing it. Well, that makes it ok.