Terrorism Expert Witness Testifies in Padilla Case

In the federal government’s case against terrorism suspect Jose Padilla, Dr. Rohan Gunaratna is the leading expert witness. Author of Inside al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, Gunaratna will explain Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network to jurors. Terrorism expert witness Gunaratna has described how Padilla formed a cell in Florida as part of the global terrorist network. The Miami Herald.com reports that Gunaratna stated the:

…”defendants shared the same goal as bin Laden — to create Islamic states through any means necessary.” Assistant U.S. Attorney John Shipley praised Gunaratna, telling U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke, “He’s the leading scholar in this area.”