USF Sues for Right to Fire Professor

August 22, 2002

By Anita Kumar at St. Petersburg Times

TAMPA -- For months, it appeared that the University of South Florida was prepared to fire professor Sami Al-Arian for things he said and did after Sept. 11.

On Wednesday the university dramatically changed course, saying it can prove that for 14 years Al-Arian has had ties to terrorists that have seriously damaged USF.

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, USF accused Al-Arian of raising money for terrorist groups, bringing terrorists into the United States, founding organizations that supported terrorism and inciting people to break the law, "thereby aiding and abetting international terrorism...

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