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American Taliban lawyer seeks appeal

August 15, 2004


— The attorney for American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh says Lindh's case should be reconsidered now that another U.S. citizen captured on an Afghanistan battlefield soon may be released.

Lindh received a 20-year sentence in 2002 after pleading guilty in civilian court to supplying services to the now-defunct Taliban government and carrying explosives for them. His attorney asked the Justice Department on Friday to review the case.

Lindh was captured at roughly the same time as Yaser Esam Hamdi, another U.S. citizen. Lawyers for Hamdi and for the government told a federal judge Wednesday they had been negotiating his permanent release from a Navy brig after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that enemy combatants may not be indefinitely detained without legal rights.

"We are very interested in the recent developments" regarding Hamdi's possible release, said James Brosnahan in a statement Friday. "We hope that the government gives Mr. Lindh the same reconsideration they have extended to Mr. Hamdi."

Hamdi was born in Louisiana in 1980. He grew up in Saudi Arabia while his Saudi father worked in the oil industry there. Hamdi is also a citizen of that country.

After his capture, Lindh was almost immediately transferred from military custody and charged in a civilian court.

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