Extradited Dutch citizen pleads not guilty to Iraqi insurgency terror charges in US

Extradited Dutch citizen pleads not guilty to Iraqi insurgency terror charges in US

[JURIST] Iraqi-born Dutch national Wesam al Delaema [DOJ press release] pleaded not guilty Monday to attacks on US troops in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2003. Al Delaema now faces conspiracy charges [DOJ press release; JURIST report] for allegedly conspiring to participate in insurgent attacks on US troops in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2003. The US Justice Department announced Monday that al Delaema was extradited to the US [press release] over the weekend to face trial in what the DOJ called "the first US criminal prosecution arising from terrorist activities taking place in Iraq." If convicted, Al Delaema could be sentenced to life in prison and possibly be allowed to serve his time in the Netherlands.

A court in the Netherlands [JURIST news archive] authorized al Delaema's extradition [JURIST report] of to the US in December after he was held there for about two years. AP has more.