Friday, August 17, 2007
Jose Padilla Found Guilty on Terrorism Charges
Al-Qaeda Terrorist Jose Padilla and his two co-defendants Adham Amin and Kifah Wael Jayyousi, have been found Guilty of aiding Osama bin-Laden's Islamic terrorist network and conspiring to commit murder. The 7 Men and 5 Women Jury took a day and a half to reach a verdict, in the 3 month trial.
Jose Padilla was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Chicago, subsequently moving to Broward County in Florida. A Muslim convert, Padilla was detained by federal authorities at Chicago O'Hare Airport in 2002 returning to the United States from Egypt and was taken to a U.S. Navy Brig in South Carolina.
Federal Prosecutors built much of their case around a Mujahadeen Data Form, a recruitment document filled out by Padilla dated 24 July, 2000 which the CIA uncovered from an Al-Qaeda safe-house after the U.S. Military invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the document bears personal info about Padilla including his fingerprints.
Co-Defendant Jayyousi, utilized his "American Worldwide Relief Charity" as a front organization to provide financial support and equipment to terrorists.
All three Defendant's face life in prison, when sentenced on December 5 by U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke.