No regrets from Muslim students in speech case

September 26, 2011 - 12:40 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eight Muslim students convicted of misdemeanors for disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador at the University of California, Irvine thanked supporters and expressed no regrets at a public meeting in an Anaheim mosque.

Student Mohamed Abdelgany told an audience Sunday at the Islamic Institute of Orange County that while they are upset about the verdict, the activism that brought the eight and two others a sentence of community service and probation is part of higher education, the Orange County Register said (http://bit.ly/qe1EjN).

Abdelgany said their lives would be "hollow shells" if they didn't stand by their principles.

Student Taher Herzallah said her mother feared she would go to jail, and made her promise no protests for a year.

The students' lawyer Reem Salahi told the audience they would appeal.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com