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Jose Padilla Indicted in Florida

Posted: November 22, 2005

Jose Padilla has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Miami after being held in Defense Department custody for over three years as an "enemy combatant."


The indictment charging Padilla with conspiracy to "murder, kidnap and maim" people overseas was unsealed on November 22, 2005. 


Four other defendants named in the indictment - Adham Amin Hassoun, Mohammed Hesham Youssef, Kifah Wael Jayyousi, and Kassem Daher - have previously been charged with terrorism-related crimes.


The defendants "operated and participated in a North American support cell that sent money, physical assets and mujahideen recruits to overseas conflicts for the purposes of fighting a violent jihad," according to the indictment. 


Padilla, a U.S. citizen, was detained at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in May 2002.  The government originally alleged that Padilla planned to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" in an American city. 


Earlier this year, a panel of a federal appeals court based in Richmond, Virginia, ruled that President Bush had the authority to indefinitely detain Jose Padilla, without charge, as an "enemy combatant."  The indictment means the issue is unlikely to go before the Supreme Court.

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