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Russian faces arraignment in Va. on new terrorism charges

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Russian charged with leading a Taliban attack against U.S. forces in Afghanistan is due in a Virginia court for arraignment on a new 15-count indictment.

The hearing for Irek Hamidullin is set for Tuesday morning in U.S. District Court in Richmond.

Hamidullin pleaded not guilty in November to 12 terrorism-related charges. Three additional counts of trying to kill or injure an American were added in a new indictment last week.

Hamidullin is the first military detainee from Afghanistan to be brought to the U.S. for trial. The Obama administration is trying to show that it can use the criminal court system to deal with terror suspects - a move criticized by some Republican lawmakers who believe such cases should be handled by military tribunals.

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