Dutch supreme court approves extradition of terror suspect

15th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Netherlands can legally extradite alleged Somali terrorist Mahamud Said Omar to the United States.

The suspect, a resident of the US city of Minneapolis, was arrested at an asylum seekers centre in the Dutch town of Dronten in November 2009. Mr Said Omar is a Somali citizen but was granted permanent U.S. resident status in 1994.The US authorities say he is a member of the Somali Islamist militia al-Shabaab who was at the heart of a US-based cell recruiting men and boys to fight with the militia.

Earlier, the Rotterdam court approved his extradition after the judges found that the US authorities had "provided adequate guarantees'" that the suspect would not be facing the death sentence. However, Mr Said Omar filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.

Now that the Supreme Court has handed down its ruling, Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten will have to make the final decision.


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