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What he didn’t say

At least one of the seven counts of visa fraud and one of the five counts of false statements against Sami Al-Hussayen rely on a new, post-Sept. 11 official form that Al-Hussayen submitted in 2002 to get clearance to continue his studies in the United States, which contained a new question. The form DS-157, according to court records, asks prospective entrants to “List all professional, social and charitable organizations to which you belong (belonged) or contribute (contributed) or with which you work (have worked).”

Al-Hussayen listed just two engineering associations, and not the Islamic Assembly of North America, with which even his own attorneys say he was affiliated, volunteered for, served on the board of and contributed to.

That particular form isn’t signed, but is used for supplementary information in the application process.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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