Iraqi-Dutch Al-Delaema pleads guilty
The Iraqi-Dutch suspect terrorist Wesam al-Delaema pleaded guilty in a United States court.
WASHTINGTON—The Dutch suspect terrorist Wesam al-Delaema confessed to “conspiracy to kill a US citizen” in a Washington court on Thursday. In exchange for his plea the Dutch Ministry of Justice (OM) will annul its charge against him of “conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.”
Al-Delaema, who was born in Iraq, is accused of involvement in attacks on US soldiers in his native town of Fallujah in 2003.
Al Delaema will also sign a plea next week for aggravated assault. He kicked a prison guard to the point of unconsciousness in December 2007.
The guard was hospitalized with "significant injuries, including a subdural hemorrhage," department spokesman Dean Boyd told United Press International. "This guy was not a nice customer." Al-Delaema earlier claimed innocence in the beating.
He will be sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, and will receive 18 months for the assault charge. Sentencing has been set for April 15. The terms of the extradition deal between the United States and the Netherlands mean that al-Delaema will serve his sentence in a Dutch prison.
The plea agreement and other court documents say Al-Delaema created instructional and recruitment videos to support the insurgency, and urged others to go to Iraq to participate in the fighting and video-record themselves doing it.
The Iraqi-Dutch hairdresser was arrested in Amersfoort in 2005. Videos were found in his house in which masked men explain how to build a bomb to kill Americans in Iraq. Al-Delaema was indentified in the video. The case against him in the Netherlands ended when the United States requested his extradition in January 2007.
Al-Delaema claimed that he went to Fallujah to get married. Once there, he was alledgedly abducted by Iraqi insurgents and forced to plant bombs on a road used by US forces. Wesam al-Delaema's confession means there will be no trial.