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Padilla prosecutors ordered to turn over more evidence

[JURIST] The federal judge presiding over the Miami trial of terror suspect Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] has ordered prosecutors to turn over more evidence regarding their allegations that Padilla and his co-defendants conspired to kill, injure or kidnap US nationals overseas as part of a global terrorist network. US District Judge Marcia Cooke said that the indictment [PDF text] against Padilla is "light on facts" linking Padilla and his co-defendants to specific terrorist acts and ordered the government to provide the defense team with the names of co-conspirators not included in the indictment, descriptions of the intended victims of alleged violent acts, and specifics about false statements allegedly made by Padilla's co-defendant Adham Amin Hassoun.

Padilla was charged [JURIST report] last year with conspiracy to murder US nationals, conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, and providing material support to terrorists, and was transferred to civilian custody [JURIST report] in January of this year. He pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to the terror charges in January, and a trial is schedule to begin in September, though both the prosecution and defense believe they will not be ready for trial. AP has more.

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