Judge denies ex-Russian soldier’s bid to overturn conviction
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former Russian military tank commander has lost a bid to have his conviction on terror-related charges overturned.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1OOzAwI ) reports that U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson on Monday also denied Irek Hamidullin’s bid for a new trial.
A federal jury convicted Hamidullin in August of planning and leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Hamidullin was found guilty on 15 counts, including providing material support to terrorism.
The case addressed the question of whether an enemy combatant captured on a foreign battlefield can be convicted in civilian court of being a terrorist.
Hudson rejected Hamidullin’s argument that he should have been allowed to present evidence at trial that he was a lawful combatant.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 3.
Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com