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TA-ANALYSIS: Lindh Wants Same as Hamdi

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posted on Sep, 28 2004 @ 07:56 PM
The lawyers of John Walker Lindh, "the American Taliban", are seeking to reduce his 20 year sentence to the comparable time served of Yaser Hamdi who was released after 3 years of detention without trial.
The attorneys argue the cases of Lindh and Yaser Hamdi, both captured by the U.S.-allied Northern Alliance after fighting with the Taliban, are comparable in many ways and the two men should receive equal punishment.

While Hamdi was designated an "enemy combatant" and held by the U.S. military without ever facing charges, Lindh was brought back to the United States and put into the criminal justice system.

Lindh originally also faced charges of conspiracy to murder U.S. nationals and providing material support to terrorists, but they were dropped as part of the plea deal.

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While the U.S. government has stated it has it own reasons for dealing with different detainees in different ways, Lindh's attorneys argue that it would be unfair to hold Lindh longer than Hamdi since they were neither accused of fighting against U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Lindh's lawyer's have not asked for a specific time reduction but have pointed out that the time Hamdi was held would be a fair sentence for Lindh.

[edit on 28-9-2004 by Banshee]

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