Terror suspect to be extradited
29 July 2005, AMSTERDAM – Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner will extradite 32-year-old Dutch terror suspect Wasem al D to the United States.
29 July 2005
AMSTERDAM – Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner will extradite 32-year-old Dutch terror suspect Wasem al D to the United States.
The public prosecutor will halt its prosecution of the Dutchman, of Iraqi origin, at the politician's request.
The US requested extradition on Wednesday. Wasem al D is suspected of involvement in attacks on US army vehicles in Fallujah, Iraq.
An October 2003 videotape found at his home in the Netherlands showed the preparation of a mine attack on a US military convoy in Iraq.
The man has admitted he is in the video. The US is charging Al D with conspiracy to kill Americans outside the US.
Al D's attorney, V Koppe, responded with anger on Friday to Donner's decision.
"His manner of acting is exceptionally improper and wholly without precedent," he said.
"Not only because a minister is supposed to do what he can to ensure due process for Dutch subjects.
"The US authorities are saying they have no faith in the capacity of the Dutch prosecutor and the Rotterdam court to try Al D," Koppe said.
He said he feared what would happen to his client in the US if he was labelled an 'enemy fighter'.
Al D denies having anything to do with the attacks.
"He filmed the placement of the mine to show people in the Netherlands what was happening in Iraq," Koppe said. "He went to his place of birth to get married, not to perpetrate an attack."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news