Former Soviet tank commander who converted to Islam after fighting in Afghanistan is found guilty of Taliban terror charges by US court

A former Soviet army officer accused of being a Taliban fighter has been found guilty of terrorism charges by a federal jury in Richmond, Virginia, a court official said yesterday.

Irek Hamidullin, 55, a former Soviet tank commander who converted to Islam, faced 15 counts ranging from supporting terrorists to firearms charges.

He is the first military prisoner from Afghanistan to be tried in a U.S. federal court. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated more than eight hours before reaching their verdict.

Whilst fighting with the Taliban, he helped orchestrate an attack on an Afghan Border Police base in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost province in 2009.