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Attorneys for Walker Lindh seek interview with second American

Hamdi, center, was captured last year during a prison uprising in Afghanistan.
Hamdi, center, was captured last year during a prison uprising in Afghanistan.  

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (CNN) -- Attorneys for John Walker Lindh want to interview the other American held by the U.S. military and suspected of fighting on behalf of the ousted Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

The bid to interview Yasser Esam Hamdi is revealed in court documents filed by the government in response to the defense's bid to interview 15 detainees. The defense is seeking subpoenas for some of those detainees.

In its response, the government urges the court to defer consideration of such interviews until a previously scheduled May 28 hearing.

With the exception of Hamdi, the detainees that Walker Lindh's defense team wants to interview are being held at a U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The U.S. government has identified them as having information about the November 2001 prison uprising near Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.

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Walker Lindh, a 21-year-old native Californian, was in that prison and his nationality was discovered after authorities regained control of the facility. A CIA officer, Johnny Michael "Mike" Spann, was killed in that uprising.

Walker Lindh is charged with conspiring to murder U.S. nationals, providing support to terrorist organizations and using firearms and destructive devices during crimes of violence. He is scheduled to go on trial August 26.

Hamdi is being held in the prison at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia. He was seized in Afghanistan with other suspected fighters for the Taliban.

Hamdi, 22, was born to Saudi parents in the United States and returned to Saudi Arabia as a toddler with his family. He has not been formally charged with any crimes.




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