Muslim students to court on disturbance charges

AP News
Posted: Mar 11, 2011 5:31 AM
Muslim students to court on disturbance charges

A group of 11 Muslim students are set to be arraigned on charges of disrupting a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren at the University of California, Irvine, in a case that has stoked a fierce debate about the freedom of speech.

The students are due in court Friday in Santa Ana on one count of misdemeanor conspiracy to disturb a meeting and one count of misdemeanor disturbance of a meeting.

The students were arrested on Feb. 8, 2010 after shouting in protest at Oren's speech on U.S.-Israeli security at the Orange County campus, forcing the diplomat to halt his remarks for 20 minutes.

The university revoked the Muslim Student Union's charter for one quarter and placed it on two years probation.

The district attorney filed charges last month.