U.S. Taliban Soldier Lindh

Seeks Review of Case

SAN FRANCISCO -- The attorney for American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh said Lindh's case should be reconsidered now that another U.S. citizen captured on a battlefield in Afghanistan may soon be released.

Lindh received a 20-year sentence in 2002 after pleading guilty in civilian court to aiding the now-defunct Taliban government. On Friday, his attorney asked the Justice Department to review the case.

Lindh was captured at about the same time as Yaser Esam Hamdi, another U.S. citizen. Lawyers for Hamdi and for the government told a federal judge Wednesday that they have been negotiating his permanent release from a Navy brig after the 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, Lindh's attorney, James J. Brosnahan, said in a statement. "We hope that the government gives Mr. Lindh the same reconsideration they have extended to Mr. Hamdi."

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-- From News Services