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Material witness warrant issued for Muslim student

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  • thekoba@aztec.asu.edu
    The following story appeared on page B1 of the wednesday, 15 January 2003 edition of The Arizona Republic. It is credited to Dennis Wagner of The Arizona
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 15 3:48 PM
      The following story appeared on page B1 of the wednesday, 15 January 2003
      edition of The Arizona Republic. It is credited to Dennis Wagner of The
      Arizona Republic. Material witness warrants date from the Reagan
      administration and are a clever tactic for getting around the right of
      habeas corpus. Zakaria Soubra had been ordered deported for "moral
      turpitude" (i.e. expressing politically incorrect opinions), but it seems
      he doesn't get to go home yet.

      --Kevin

      MATERIAL WITNESS WARRANT ISSUED FOR MUSLIM STUDENT

      Federal anti-terrorism prosecutors obtained a material witness warrant
      for Zakaria Soubra last week just minutes before the Muslim aeronautical
      student was to be placed aboard a jet and deported to Lebanon.

      Soubra's public defender, Jeffrey Williams, said the material witness
      warrant was issued last week, when Soubra disappeared beneath a cloak
      of secrecy prompting a search by his family, lawyers and friends.
      Federal officials declined to comment.

      Soubra, 26, who once belonged to a London-based radical Islamic group,
      was named in the Phoenix memo, penned by FBI agent Ken Williams, that
      warned of Middle Eastern flight students. Soubra has denied terrorism
      ties and condemned the September 11th attacks. He was arrested in May
      after failing to meet the requirements of his student visa.

      Although the government has never made public accusations linking
      Soubra to terrorism, portions of his Immigration Court prodeedings
      in Florence were closed because of national security concerns.

      Deedra Abboud of the Council of American-Islamic relations said Brandy
      Soubra, who lives in the Valley, was unable to locate her husband for
      several days. Abboud said Zakaria finally left a voice message
      explaining that he had been taken to the airport for deportation, then
      returned to Florence at the last minute.

      Abboud said she believes Soubra is to be flown to Virginia within days,
      possibly for a grand jury appearance.
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