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John Walker Lindh to Seek Trial Delay

Wednesday, 13 February 2002 12:00 AM

The 20-year-old from northern California was also expected to plead not guilty at his scheduled arraignment at 9 a.m. EST in a federal court in Alexandria, Va.

Attorneys for both sides have filed a document asking for more time so they can travel overseas to interview witnesses and gather more information. They say they need the extra time to investigate charges in Yemen, Pakistan and Afghanistan, all countries named in an indictment against Walker.

A federal grand jury on Feb. 6 indicted Walker on 10 counts, charging him with being a terrorist trained by Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, who then conspired with the Taliban against Americans. It did not, however, indict him for treason or any other capital offense.

If convicted, Walker could receive multiple life sentences. The government could still seek additional charges that could carry the death penalty.

The indictment includes charges from the original criminal complaint alleging that Walker 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.

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, where he was wounded.

Attorney General John Ashcroft the day of the indictment said Walker 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."

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