17 Apr 2009

Dutch citizen sentenced for Iraq attacks plot

6:46 pm on 17 April 2009

An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for conspiring to murder Americans overseas by planting roadside bombs targeting US soldiers in Iraq between 2003 and 2005.

Wesam al Delaema, 36, was arrested by Dutch authorities in May 2005 and extradited to the United States in 2007. His case marked the first US criminal prosecution of suspected activity in Iraq.

Delaema had admitted that he had demonstrated on a video how roadside bombs would be detonated to destroy American vehicles and their occupants in the Iraqi city of Fallujah.

He also pleaded guilty to assault for a December 2007 incident at the Washington jail, when he kicked a prison guard who was on the ground, causing severe injuries.

Delaema will serve his sentence in the Netherlands. A Dutch judge must decide how much prison time he will serve in that country and whether to uphold the 25-year term.