Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Student Detained after Terrorist Attacks Is Released on Bond

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Student Detained after Terrorist Attacks Is Released on Bond

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A college student accused of promoting terrorism by lying to a grand jury was freed from federal custody last month after posting $500,000 bond.

Osama Awadallah, 21, planned to fly home Dec. 14 to San Diego, where family and friends raised $50,000 cash -- and turned over the title of his brother's ice cream truck - to secure the bond.

"I can't describe it," Awadallah said as he exited the federal courtroom in New York. "It's been three months."

Awadallah, a Jordan native and a student at Grossmont College in El Cajon, Calif., was one of three men detained in San Diego as material witnesses about 10 days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (see Black Issues, Dec. 6). Awadallah testified before a grand jury that he knew one of the suicide hijackers. But he was accused of lying about his association with another member of the terrorist team that flew an airliner into the Pentagon.

Awadallah was not accused of participating in the attacks. …

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