Netherlands Hands Over Suspect
Jan. 04, 2002
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Dutch authorities have handed over a man detained last week in connection with the murder of Afghan opposition leader Ahmed Shah Massood, officials said Friday.
Dutch prosecutors said the suspect cooperated and had not tried to block the extradition via legal proceedings. He was transferred to a Belgian prison on Thursday.
Belgian prosecutors requested the man's arrest for inquiries relating to the theft of passports from the Belgian embassy in The Hague, Netherlands. The travel documents are believed to have been used by Massood's killers.
The suspect, who wasn't identified by police, was detained on Dec. 26 in the southern Dutch town of Eindhoven. Belgian prosecutors have said they believe the man was connected to the passport theft and is wanted for criminal association and forgery.
Massood was assassinated by two suicide bombers just days before the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington. The attackers, who posed as journalists, carried Belgian passports.