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Taliban John Gets Aug. 26 Trial

Friday, 15 February 2002 12:00 AM

Their concern is the trial, set for Aug. 26 by U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, will overlap with publicity from the first anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

"I understand there will be a great deal of genuine emotion at that time," top defense attorney George Harris said. "Now we believe that there is no connection between Sept. 11 and this case, and the government has attempted to make this connection, including statements made by the attorney general."

Ellis said he would adhere to the date but consider changing it as that date draws near.

"As we grow closer," he said, "I'll consider your comments. From a strictly publicity angle, I see no difference between September and December."

On Feb. 6, a federal grand jury indicted Lindh, 21, on 10 counts, including aiding a terrorist network and conspiring to kill Americans, which could lead to three life sentences, plus 90 years, if convicted.

He also was charged with engaging in transactions with the Taliban and additional firearms charges.

In announcing the indictment, U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft said Lindh went to Afghanistan and presented himself to a Taliban recruitment center, claiming "he was a Muslim who wanted to go to the front lines to fight." Lindh had traveled to Yemen in late 1998, with the support of his left-wing California parents, to study the Koran and learn Arabic.

Ashcroft also said the United States could pursue capital charges should additional evidence against Lindh arise.

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

Michael Spann, a CIA paramilitary operative, questioned Lindh on videotape at the prison just before the uprising, which lasted for days. Spann was killed by prisoners shortly after interviewing Lindh. The indictment does not allege Lindh's involvement in his death, but Spann's family considers Lindh a traitor.

Spann was the first American killed in action against enemy forces in the conflict. His parents and widow attended Wednesday's arraignment.

Lindh's next court date is a hearing on discovery matters scheduled for April 9. There will also be an extended period of hearings on substantive motions and classified evidence starting June 17. It is expected prosecutors will request a closed courtroom for some exhibits to protect intelligence sources and other classified information.

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