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Palestinian Released From Jail

December 15, 2000

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ A Palestinian was released from jail and walked into the arms of his weeping family Friday, after being locked up for three years on secret government evidence without being charged with a crime.

``It’s a great day for justice and a sad day for arrogance and oppression,″ Mazen Al-Najjar told a crowd outside the Manatee County Detention Center.

``God is great,″ a supporter hollered as the glass door to the immigration service detention facility opened and Najjar was released.

``It’s a historic day after 1,307 days in jail,″ said Sami Al-Arian, Al-Najjar’s brother in-law.

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