Belgium to extradite Al-Qaeda sympathiser to US

25th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Belgian justice authorities gave the green light Wednesday for a Tunisian Al-Qaeda sympathiser to be extradited to the United States, a justice official said.

BRUSSELS - Nizar Trabelsi was arrested after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and sentenced to 10 years in jail in Belgium in 2004 for plotting to drive a car bomb into a NATO airbase where US military personnel work.

US justice authorities issued an extradition request for the former professional footballer Trabelsi over suspicions that he was involved in other major Al-Qaeda backed plots.

The request is based on allegations that he was part of a criminal enterprise aiming to kill US nationals overseas as well as membership of a criminal organisation trying to procure or use weapons of mass destruction.

He was also alleged to be part of a group supplying materials and other resources to "a foreign terrorist organisation".


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