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For 2008 Kidnapping of Journo Rodhe Najibullah Pleads Not Guilty In SDNY in 2020

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 16 – Haji Najibullah was arraigned on Monday on charges of having kidnapped and held hostage American journalist David Rohde from November 10, 208 to July 2009 in Afghanistan, demanding the release of Taliban prisoners and money from Rohde's family. 

  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla held the arraignment. Inner City Press covered it. 

   Najibullah had been captured in Ukraine, and presented before SDNY Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang on October 28. He was assigned a Federal Defender, Mark Gombiner; he has been informed of his rights of the Due Process Protections Act.

 On Monday he pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

  Now discovery will be produced, with February 24 set as the next conference in the case.

 It is US v. Najibullah, 14-cr-401 (Failla)


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