Haji Najibullah was accused of attacking US troops in Afghanistan in 2008, and he said these allegations were “incorrect”.

Lawyer of the former Taliban commander charged He who killed the US military in Afghanistan in 2008 said that it is “ridiculous” to accuse his client of death in a war waged by the United States.

Haji Najibullah, 45, pleaded not guilty to the allegations in a federal court in Manhattan on Friday and told the judge that “the allegations are incorrect.”

US prosecutors announced last week that they accused Najibullah in connection with the June 2008 attack by Taliban militants under his command on a US military convoy carrying automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and other explosives.

Three American military personnel and their Afghan interpreters were killed in the attack.

“As it is said, during one of the most dangerous periods of the conflict in Afghanistan, Haji Najibullah led a group of vicious Taliban insurgents who intimidated parts of Afghanistan and attacked U.S. forces,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Odai Said Audrey Strauss. Statement of October 7th.

“He will now be held accountable in American courts,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko also said.

Najibullah’s lawyer Mark Gombina said on Friday that evidence will show that the allegations are untrue.

He said that the death of an American soldier was a “great tragedy”, but his client should be responsible for the murder of “American soldiers who fought in the war waged by the United States” in a US court. This is “ridiculous”.

Al Jazeera reporter Christine Salomi from New York said that US prosecutors rejected this argument, saying that there is a legal precedent for making such allegations.

According to Salomey, the next hearing of the case is scheduled for November 18, and it is expected that “it will take some time to pass the court hearing.”

Najibullah, 45, was charged with kidnapping an American journalist and two Afghan civilians in 2008 and has now been detained by the United States. He was arrested and extradited from Ukraine to the United States in October last year. If convicted, he will face life imprisonment.

The request was made almost two months later in the U.S. fully After nearly 20 years of war, plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. The United States led the unstable evacuation from Kabul, the capital controlled by the Taliban.

America Held the first face-to-face meeting Meeting with senior Taliban leaders last weekend. A senior Afghan diplomat said that at a meeting in Doha, the capital of Qatar, senior Taliban officials and US representatives discussed the issue of “opening a new chapter” in relations between the two countries.

The Biden administration official said later that the meeting was “Candid and professional“.


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