Tamil Diplomat

‘Soviet Taliban’ convicted in US

The jury in Richmond, Virginia, found Irek Hamidullin guilty on all 15 counts, including providing material support to terrorists.The 55-year-old is the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in civilian court.Hamidullin – who did not testify during the trial – now faces life in prison.

He is expected to be sentenced on 6 November.The jury reached its verdict after five days of testimony and eight hours of deliberations.

Hamidullin, a former Soviet army tank commander who stayed in Afghanistan in the 1980s and later joined the Taliban, was seized in 2009 after an attack on Afghan border police and US forces.He was held for five years at Bagram air base before being sent to the US.(BBC-2015).