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John Walker Lindh Expected in Virginia Court

Thursday, 24 January 2002 12:00 AM

U.S. Magistrate Judge W. Curtis Sewell will read the charges against Walker including that he conspired to kill Americans and aided deadly terrorist organizations. The complaint also alleges he received personal thanks from bin Laden for "taking part in jihad."

Named in a four-count criminal complaint, Walker could face life in prison if convicted.

In federal court, Sewell will also ensure Walker has a lawyer and schedule a detention hearing, where bail conditions will be set. As in all federal felony cases, the case would then go to a grand jury, which will decide whether to indict the 20-year-old from Marin County in northern California.

Walker arrived Wednesday at Washington-Dulles International Airport in suburban Virginia, where a C-17 military transport landed at about 6:15 p.m.

"He has arrived and is being kept at a jail in Alexandria," an FBI spokesman told United Press International.

He was driven to the Alexandria Adult Detention Center, where he will be jailed with several other high-profile prisoners, including convicted FBI spy Robert Hanssen and Zacarias Moussaoui, 33, a French citizen of Moroccan decent, who was charged with participating in the conspiracy that led to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Walker's parents went to the detention center to see their son but were told they would have to wait until Thursday.

Family attorney James Brosnahan told CNN on Wednesday that the family had received a letter from Walker on Jan. 8.

"It is comforting to know that you have found a lawyer," Walker was quoted as saying in the letter.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said earlier this month that Walker had waived his Miranda rights to have counsel present and had agreed to be questioned by a special agent during his detention.

Walker 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 to Camp Rhino before transferring him to the USS Bataan in the Arabian Sea. On Tuesday, he was taken from the Bataan to Kandahar, then on to the United States.

Meanwhile, Pentagon officials have announced the transfer of detainees to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba was being suspended because of logistical concerns. Officials said additional cells and facilities needed to be built.

There was no word on when the transfers might resume. There are 158 detainees at the base and 270 in U.S. custody in Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan, FBI Director Robert Mueller told reporters that information obtained through the questioning of detainees has helped stop additional terrorist attacks against U.S. interests.

Muller made his comments during a visit to a U.S. base in Kandahar. He did not give any details.

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