Terror Charges

MIAMI (AP) -- A federal judge in Miami has rejected a motion by alleged Al-Qaida operative Jose Padilla to dismiss terrorism charges against him.

His attorneys claim that the former Chicago gang member was mistreated and tortured while in U-S military custody as an enemy combatant.

U-S District Judge Marcia Cooke says in a 12-page order that she's not passing judgment on the torture allegations.

Instead, she says Padilla's effort to dismiss the case for "outrageous government conduct" is faulty on strictly legal grounds.

Padilla and his co-defendants are charged with conspiracy and terrorism material support for allegedly being part of a North American support network for Islamic extremist groups worldwide.

All three have pleaded not guilty and face possible life in prison if convicted.

The trial is expected to start next Monday.

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