Born: October 18, 1970
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York
Best Known as: supporter to al-Qaeda and terrorism
Jose Padilla, who was arrested in Chicago in 2002 and accused of
plotting to explode a dirty bomb in the United States, is sentenced to 17
years and 4 months in jail. In August 2007, he was convicted of conspiracy
to commit terror overseas and giving material support to al-Qaeda. The
government had held him as an enemy combatant until 2006, when he was
transferred to the civilian justice system and charged with another set of
crimes. It was these charges that resulted in the conviction.
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