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USA: Further information on Incommunicado detention/detention without charge/legal Concern: Jose Padilla

, Index number: AMR 51/030/2004

On 11 February 2004, the US Department of Defense announced that Jose Padilla, a US citizen held as an 'enemy combatant' in the US would be granted access to his lawyer after 20 months of incommunicado detention. The access will be "subject to appropriate security restrictions" and all conversations will be monitored by Pentagon officials. Jose Padilla's legal team is currently reviewing the conditions offered by the government.

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