Haji Najibullah

Charged: June 17, 2014
Affiliation
None
State
New York
District
Southern District of New York
Sting
No
Involves Informant
No
Charges
  • Hostage taking
  • Material support
  • Conspiracy to murder, kidnap, or maim overseas
  • Murder, attempted murder, or related offenses
  • Aircraft piracy
  • Use, threats, or attempts to use weapons of mass destruction
  • Kidnapping
FISA Notification
No
Awaiting Trial
Details
Haji Najibullah
  • Age
    Unknown
  • Gender
    Male
  • Race
    Unknown
Haji Najibullah, Akhund Zada and Timor Shah were allegedly involved in the 2008 abduction of American journalist David Rohde in Afghanistan. Rohde was later moved to a Taliban complex in Pakistan, where he made a daring escape along with an Afghan journalist who also had been abducted. Najibullah, Zada and Shah were first indicted under seal in 2014, and their indictment was unsealed in 2020 following the arrest of Najibullah in Ukraine. The whereabout of Zada and Shah are unknown.