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American Taliban Indicted, Seeks Release on Bond

Wednesday, 06 February 2002 12:00 AM

Lawyers for Walker Lindh were expected to argue before U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Curtis Sewell that their client is not dangerous and should be freed to the custody of his father pending trial. Prosecutors were expected to argue that he remain held without bond.

On Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted Walker Lindh, 20, on 10 counts, charging him with being a terrorist trained by al-Qaeda who conspired with the Taliban against Americans, Attorney General John Ashcroft said.

If convicted, Walker Lindh, could receive multiple life sentences, six additional 10-year sentences, plus 30 years, Ashcroft said. The government could still seek additional charges that could carry the death penalty.

The grand jury, however, did not indict him for treason or any other capital offense.

The indictment includes charges from the original criminal complaint alleging he provided material support or resources to terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, conspired to kill U.S. nationals abroad and engaged in transactions with the former Taliban regime.

The indictment also eliminated the need for Wednesday's previously scheduled probable cause hearing where prosecutors would have presented evidence that a crime was committed.

Walker arrived at Washington-Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia on Jan. 23. He is being held at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.

He was arrested along with other foreign Taliban fighters from the northern Afghan province of Kunduz in November and was taken to Mazar-i-Sharif. Less than a week after his arrival, he was in the middle of a prison revolt at the city's Qala-i-Jangi military jail and was wounded.

U.S. military officials moved Walker Lindh to Camp Rhino before transferring him to the USS Bataan, then sent him back to the United States.

Ashcroft said Walker Lindh originally went to Afghanistan and presented himself to a Taliban recruitment center, telling individuals there that "he was a Muslim who wanted to go to the front lines to fight."

"We may never know why he turned his back on our country and our values, but we cannot ignore that he did," Ashcroft said when delivering an original indictment against Walker Lindh Jan. 15. "Misdirected Americans cannot seek direction in murderous ideologies and expect to avoid the consequences."

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