Deported Dutch suspects back from Pakistan

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A plane carrying two Dutch nationals held in Pakistan on visa violations landed on Tuesday evening at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

The Dutch Public Prosecutor's Office says the two will not be arrested and are free to go as they please.

The two men, both of Moroccan descent, were arrested by the Pakistani secret service on suspicion of trying to join the al-Qaeda terrorist movement. They were never officially charged with terrorist activities in Pakistan, but were held for illegally entering the country.

Said, one of the two, had originally disappeared while in Turkey. In June it emerged that he and another Dutch suspect were being held by the Pakistani authorities. Diplomats from the Dutch embassy in Islamabad were only allowed to visit the two men twice, once in July and once in November. 

Negotiations about their extradition took place last Friday between the Pakistani government and Dutch diplomats. Lawyer Bart Nooitgedagt, who represents Said’s family, says what happened to their son has always remained a mystery to the family.

Sabir K. [full name withheld], another Dutch national arrested in Pakistan, was arrested at Schiphol Airport on arrival in the Netherlands in April. He is wanted by the authorities in the United States. He has filed an appeal with the Dutch Supreme Court against his extradition.

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