Court stays release of American 'enemy combatant'
A US federal appeals court granted the government a stay on its ruling ordering the release from military custody of Jose Padilla, an American citizen detained as an enemy combatant. The government had requested the stay in order to pursue an appeal against the release order before the Supreme Court. On December 18, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that President George W. Bush had no power to detain an American citizen seized on US soil as an enemy combatant. It also ordered that Padilla should be released from a Naval brig in South Carolina within 30 days. Padilla has been held at the facility without formal charges since June last year, and denied access to legal counsel. Full Story