Padilla Co-Defendant Avoided Violence
The trial of Jose Padilla and two codefendants continues in Miami.
Today, Kifah Jayyousi's attorney, Bill Swor, brought out how his client avoided violence.
William Swor sought to prove his client Kifah Wael Jayyousi was driven by his compassion for his fellow Muslims, a defense that began last week when an attorney for co-defendant Adham Amin Hassoun began cross-examining the case's lead FBI agent, John T. Kavanaugh.
And when Jayyousi was dissatisfied with political situations, his attorney argued, he dealt with it in the most civic-minded of ways.
Jayyousi phoned and wrote newspapers, his congressman and the State Department, Swor said. When he was offended by newspapers' publishing of cartoons he believed were insulting to Muslims, the attorney said, Jayyousi participated in letter-writing and phone campaigns. And when a Lebanese radio station employee encouraged him to threaten the Lebanese government, the defendant did not, his attorney said.
Jayyousi also published newsletters that eschewed violence. He attempted to get a hospital built for refugees in Chechnya.
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