Padilla takes torture case to US Supreme Court
(AFP) – 2 days ago
WASHINGTON — US citizen Jose Padilla, who was jailed for four years as an “enemy combatant” and claims to have been tortured, has asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his civil case against top US officials.
His bid to sue former and present officials — including Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and former secretary Donald Rumsfeld — was rejected by an appeals court in January, which said they enjoyed official immunity.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Padilla’s mother Estela Lebron appealed the ruling. Padilla is in a maximum-security prison in Colorado after being convicted in 2007 of aiding a homegrown Al-Qaeda cell.