Judges Rejects Padilla Torture Motion

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A Miami federal judge is refusing to dismiss the government’s case against Jose Padilla, an alleged al-Qaida operative who says he was tortured in U.S. custody.

U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke says Padilla’s motion to dismiss was faulty on legal grounds, and she was not passing judgment on his allegations, the Associated Press reports. Padilla claims he was deprived of sleep, forced to stand in stress positions and subjected to loud noises, harsh lights and extreme heat and cold.

The government has denied the torture allegations.

Padilla was originally accused of plotting to release a radioactive dirty bomb. The conspiracy case against him and two co-defendants in Miami does not include that charge.

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