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"Padilla, a 36-year-old former Chicago gang member and Muslim convert, has been in federal custody since his May 2002 arrest at O'Hare International Airport. He was initially accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive "dirty bomb" inside the United States and held for 3½ years as an enemy combatant at a Navy brig, but those allegations are not part of the Miami case.<br><br><b><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:</b> said University of Miami law professor Stephen Vladeck. "This is a far cry from being a major front in the government's war on terrorism."<br><br>
Instead, Padilla and codefendants Adham Amin Hassoun and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, both 45, stand accused of being part of a North American support cell for Islamic extremists in Bosnia, Chechnya, Afghanistan and elsewhere. All have pleaded not guilty and face possible life in prison if convicted."<br><br>
I find it very sad that this man spent 3-1/2 years in a Navy jail for being an enemy combatant... and now that all disappears. Is he innocent?? Who knows... but he shouldn't have been imprisoned for 5 years before getting his day in court. It shows that the whole enemy combatant thing is just being used to avoid a speedy trial and to keep the US Govt for having to show any sort of reason for detaining people. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
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