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Padilla called mentally fit for terror trial

February 14, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

U.S. prison doctors have deemed suspected Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla mentally competent to stand trial on terrorism charges, based in part on a review of military interrogation documents that will be turned over to his lawyers, court records showed.

The 36-year-old U.S. citizen is accused of being part of a North American support cell that provided money and recruits to global Islamist extremists. He is set to go to trial in April in Miami on murder-conspiracy and other charges that could keep him imprisoned for life.

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