Alexandria, Virginia - Prosecutors in the case of United States Taliban John Walker Lindh need not prove he killed Americans, but they must show he knowingly belonged to groups that had this deadly goal, a judge has ruled.
"The government will have to prove at trial that this conspiracy existed and that the defendant knowingly joined this conspiracy... that he knew the object of this conspiracy was to kill Americans in Afghanistan, Pakistan or in the United States," said Judge TS Ellis.
Lindh's indictment did not charge him with killing Americans, but rather with being involved in a conspiracy to kill Americans abroad.
Lindh, 21, walked into court in prison fatigues and smiled briefly at members of his family.
His dark hair was clipped short and his face clean-shaven, a sharp contrast to photographs taken when he was captured last November.