Yemenis arrested on 'terrorism' suspicions: Dutch official

31st August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two Yemenis arrested at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport off a flight from the United States were being held on suspicion of conspiracy to prepare a terrorist act, a Dutch prosecution official said Tuesday.

"The men are held in custody on suspicion of a conspiracy to a terrorist criminal act," prosecution spokesman Theo d'Anjou told reporters at the airport, reading a brief statement on which he declined to elaborate.

Under Dutch law the men can be held without charge for 72 hours.

"In a few days it will be made public if they will be charged," said d'Anjou.

The prosecution official said the two were arrested by Dutch border police shortly after their arrival at 9:15 am (0715 GMT) on a flight from Chicago.

The men, of Yemeni nationality, were to have travelled further to the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

D'Anjou said the men's luggage had been placed on an internal US flight to Washington.

"The luggage of the men had ended up on an internal flight to Washington. In this luggage mobile phones were found, taped, one phone was taped to a plastic bottle. These phones were seized in the US and stayed there.

"The luggage of the flight to Amsterdam was searched, but nothing suspicious was found.

"The arrest took place on the basis of information provided by the US authorities," said d'Anjou, adding there was "consultation" with the US on the investigation.

© 2010 AFP

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