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US charges Dutch citizen for crimes in Iraq

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] said Friday that it has charged Dutch citizen Wasem al Delaema [DOJ press release] with attempting to kill US soldiers in Iraq during October 2003. Iraqi-born al Delaema is a member of the "Fighters of Fallujah", seen on a videotape obtained by Dutch prosecutors showing the group explaining how they set landmines near where US military were expected to be in route. The Justice Department has asked the Dutch government to hand over al Delaema, who was captured on Dutch soil in May, based on the country's extradition treaty with the US. A Dutch Justice Ministry [official website] spokesman said it is a decision for the Dutch courts to decide. Prosecutors must seek an indictment against al Delaema within 60 days. AP has more.

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