JUNE 13, 2006 - Posted at 2:23 p.m. CST
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Lawyers for a former University of Arkansas graduate student told jurors today that misunderstandings led their client to be charged with attempting to aid a terror organization.
Arwah Jaber, a naturalized U.S. citizen from the West Bank, has gotten his doctorate in chemistry since the charges were leveled against him.
Lawyers for Jaber told a federal jury in Fayetteville today that he was frustrated by a professor who delayed his graduation. The lawyers say Jaber admits he said things he shouldn't have but that he had no intention of breaking the law. Jaber also faces lesser charges.
Federal prosecutors told jurors that making false statements and other actions indicated that Jaber planned to martyr himself for the Palestinian cause against Israel.
A jury was picked in the case yesterday and opening statements were today. The trial could last two weeks.