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Motion filed for Al-Arian’s court hearing

The lawyers for Sami Al-Arian have filed a motion to have the former USF professor transported from the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex to Tampa to attend a court hearing today.

Prominent Washington-based attorney William B. Moffitt and Tampa criminal defense attorney Linda Moreno filed the motion Wednesday but have not heard back from the judge.

The motion states that Al-Arian is the only one who can fairly comment on the extraordinary aspects of his confinement.

“We would really like him to be there,” Moreno said.

Moreno said the hearing was called by Federal Magistrate Judge Thomas B. McCoun to discuss the discovery period of the case and the confinement of Al-Arian.

Moreno and Moffitt said last Friday at a news conference that the conditions that Al-Arian lives in are inhumane. Al-Arian is being held in a Special Housing Unit while he is a pre-trail detainee and without bond until his trial in January 2005.

Al-Arian was arrested with a 50-count indictment on charges of conspiracy to murder and racketeering in February.