Dutch terror suspect faces US jail hell
A “hellish” imprisonment could await Dutch terrorism suspect Sabir K. full name withheld if he is successfully extradited to the United States, according to Dutch media reports.
Wesam al Delaema, an Iraqi Dutch citizen previously convicted in the US on terrorism charges, had his jail term drastically reduced by a Dutch court when he was repatriated to the Netherlands to serve out his sentence, on the grounds that he was ill-treated in jail in the US.
Mr Al Delaema’s own account of his time in a US jail was recently published in the book by Dutch journalist Sander Kuypers. The terror suspect says he was held in solitary confinement with no daylight for six months and frequently denied clothing or blankets, despite low winter temperatures in his cell. The fire alarm was often sounded at night to prevent him sleeping, and guards spat or put broken glass in his food. The author claims the Dutch authorities were aware at the time of the conditions in which Mr Al Delaema was being detained.
Sabir K. 24 arrived in the Netherlands in April after months of detention in Pakistan. He claims he was subjected to torture in Pakistan in the knowledge of the US and Dutch authorities. The extradition request has been approved by a Rotterdam court, and is now pending appeal in the Supreme Court.
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