Jihadist suspects to be extradited back to Netherlands

4th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Four terror suspects will be extradited back to the Netherlands within 48 hours, to appear in court on Friday.

The Hague – Four Netherlands-based terror suspects accused of trying to join Islamist rebels in Somalia are to be extradited to the Netherlands within 48 hours, Dutch officials said on Monday.

Three Dutch men and a Moroccan man with Dutch residency status, all aged 21, were arrested at Brussels airport on Thursday after being thrown out of Kenya. They have since been detained in Belgium.

Several days beforehand, Kenyan police arrested them close to the Somali border, allegedly "on their way to a jihadist training camp in Somalia," according to Dutch prosecutors.

"The four terrorism suspects, who were expelled last week from Kenya and who have been held in Belgium since Thursday, will be handed over on Wednesday to the Dutch national police," the Dutch national prosecuting authority said in a statement.

The four had agreed to the extradition process, the statement added.

They will appear before a Dutch judge on Friday after being interviewed by police, the prosecuting authority said.

Anticipating the extradition, the police force searched two places of residence of the men last week, confiscating many documents.

Dutch media have reported the four were suspected of having aided Somalia's Shebab Islamist militant group.

The Al-Qaeda-inspired Shebab in Somalia have admitted to receiving backing from foreign fighters in their bid to topple Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

AFP / Expatica

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