January 5, 2006


Top US court agrees Padilla move (BBC, 1/05/06)

The US Supreme Court has ruled that terror suspect Jose Padilla can be transferred from military to civilian custody to face criminal charges.

The move, seen as a victory for the Bush administration, overrules a lower court's ruling.

Mr Padilla, a US citizen, has been held without charge since May 2002.

His case and detention, criticised by civil rights groups, is seen as a test of the limits of the US government's anti-terrorist powers.

In December, the appeals court accused the government of trying to prevent full legal scrutiny of Mr Padilla's case by seeking his transfer to another court.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2006 7:51 AM
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