The US President Donald Trump is opposed to allowing John Walker Lindh, out on early release.
According to The Washington Post, Trump’s opposition to Lindh’s release was confirmed by Sen. Richard C. Shelby, who said he spoke to the US president on Monday night.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Sen Shelby said that President Trump: “supports my call for Lindh to serve his full sentence.”
“Lindh’s activities are deserving of a strong and strict punishment. Thank you, Mr. President,” Shelby.
It is believed that opposition to Lindh’s release comes after the family of former CIA officer Johnny “Mike” Spann, claim that the Lindh played a part in his death, whilst fighting with the Taliban.
Lindh’s impending release has raised concerns in Europe after it was previously reported in the US press that he was considering taking up residency in Ireland once he is set free.
Lindh is due to be released in May, despite being sentenced to 20 years in prison, in 2003, after pleading guilty to helping Taliban forces following the events of 9/11.
It is reported that Lindh intends to take up residency here after obtaining citizenship through his Irish grandmother.