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Dutch citizen extradited to US
The man faces accusations of "conspiracy to attack Americans based in Iraq".
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2007 10:48 GMT
Dutch authorities arrested al Delaema in 2005 [AP] 

An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen, indicted in the US for plotting attacks on US citizens in Iraq, has been extradited to the US, the Dutch government has said.
 
A Dutch justice ministry spokesman said Wesam al Delaema, the accused, was on the way to the US on Saturday in a military plane.
ANP, a Dutch news agency, quoted al Delaema's lawyers as saying they were concerned their client might be tortured and would not get a fair trial in the US.
 
Al Delaema was indicted in 2005 on six charges, including "allegedly participating in a conspiracy to attack Americans based in Iraq".
The case was the first time such charges were connected to alleged activities in Iraq.
 
Al Delaema is said to have travelled from the Netherlands to Iraq with a group calling themselves the "Mujahideen from Fallujah".
 
The indictment also alleges he "and his co-conspirators hid explosives in a road in the area of Fallujah".
 
If convicted in the US he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.
 
Al Delaema was born in Fallujah, Iraq. He was arrested by the Dutch authorities in 2005 and lost a final appeal against extradition from the Netherlands in December 2006.
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