Accused terrorist pleads ‘not guilty’ in Richmond courtroom


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RICHMOND, Va. — An accused terrorist appeared in a federal courtroom in downtown Richmond Friday to face charges tied to a November 2009 attack in the Khost Province of Afghanistan. While an interpreter translated most of the court proceedings for Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, the accused answered “not guilty” in English when the judge asked for his plea.

During Friday’s hearing, a trial date was set for April 13, 2015. The trial was expected to late three to five days.

Last month Hamidullin, 55, was indicted on charges that include conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists; conspiring and attempting to destroy an aircraft of the armed forces of the United States; and conspiring and attempting to murder a national of the United States.

Hamidullin, who was shackled during Friday’s hearing, faces four life sentences if convicted of the crimes.

Following the hearing, Hamidullin has returned to…

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