Father of 'American Taliban' begs clemency for his son

9:58 AM, Jan 20, 2006   |    comments
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The father of American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh is asking President Bush for a grant of clemency. Frank Lindh says his son is really a "decent and honorable" man who was maligned as a traitor and murderer. He choked back tears while telling the nonprofit Commonwealth Club that his son was on a misunderstood spiritual quest and had nothing to do with 9/11. John Walker Lindh was 20 years old when he was captured by American forces alongside Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. He was charged with supporting terrorists and conspiring to kill Americans, but reached a plea deal with prosecutors. Lindh, who is now 25, pleaded guilty to lesser charges of supplying services to the Taliban. In exchange, he agreed to withdraw claims of abuse or torture by his U.S. military guards.

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