Syrian arms dealer wanted by US arrested in Madrid

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8 June 2007, MADRID - Spanish police arrested a Syrian arms dealer wanted by the United States on terrorism and other charges, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

8 June 2007

MADRID - Spanish police arrested a Syrian arms dealer wanted by the United States on terrorism and other charges, the Interior Ministry said Friday.

Monzer al-Kassar, a longtime resident of Spain, was arrested Thursday evening at Madrid airport after he arrived on a flight from the southern city of Malaga, the ministry said.

It said al-Kassar faces charges at the U.S. District Court in New York of conspiracy to provide aid and equipment to a terrorist organization, conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens and officials, conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles and money laundering.

Al-Kassar, who lives in the resort city of Marbella near Malaga, was to go before a judge in Madrid on Friday.

Al-Kassar stood trial in Spain in 1995 on charges he supplied assault rifles used by Palestinian militants in the hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985. He was acquitted.

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Subject: Spanish news

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