Jose Padilla has been ruled competent to stand trial, a rebuke to his lawyers. The defense had sought to have him treated for PTSD before the trial began. Padilla has been held in isolation for three and a half years, during which time he was subjected to varying kinds of interrogation and, very likely, torture.

The judge was careful to note that her ruling did not address whether Padilla had been mistreated but said his condition did not prevent him from standing trial.


Former “enemy combatant” Jose Padilla is mentally competent to stand trial on terrorism charges, a U.S. judge ruled on Wednesday without addressing allegations that the al Qaeda suspect was mistreated in military custody.

The 36-year-old American citizen is scheduled to go to trial on April 16 on charges that he aided Islamist extremists and conspired with them to murder, kidnap and maim people overseas.

His lawyers argued that 3-1/2 years of secret detention and interrogation by the U.S. military had left Padilla too mentally impaired to help his lawyers defend him in court.

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