US files charges against Dutch 'insurgent'
13 September 2005, AMSTERDAM — US law officers have charged a Dutchman with conspiring to kill American troops in Iraq.
13 September 2005
AMSTERDAM — US law officers have charged a Dutchman with conspiring to kill American troops in Iraq.
The indictment was filed in the US District Court in Washington and charges Wesam al D., 32, with conspiracy to bomb American convoys in Fallujah.
The suspect, who was born in Fallujah, is accused of possessing explosives and plotting to use weapons of mass destruction.
He has been in custody in the Netherlands since May this year. He was arrested during a search of his home in Apeldoorn when police removed video tapes showing insurgents preparing and carrying out attacks on US-led forces in Iraq.
Al D. admits travelling to Fallujah in October 2003 and filming meetings with the "Warriors of Fallujah" but he denies direct involvement in attacks.
US officials have until the end of September to seek his extradition.
A spokesperson at the Dutch embassy in Washington told United Press International on Tuesday the Dutch government would most likely back the courts if the US request is granted.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news