McVeigh Defense Reportedly Links Man In Dutch Custody To Blast Suspect
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ A member of the defense team for Oklahoma City bombing defendant Timothy McVeigh says a man in custody in the Netherlands resembles a suspect wanted in the bombing, a Dutch newspaper reported Saturday.
Ann Bradley, a researcher on McVeigh’s defense team, visited the Dutch lawyer of Daniel Spiegelman on Friday and was shown his picture.
She said she saw similarities between him and the suspect known as ``John Doe No. 2,″ whose sketch was circulated by the FBI, De Telegraaf reported.
Spiegelman, a U.S. citizen, has been in custody since June, when he was arrested for trading in stolen manuscripts.
Last month a U.S. request for his extradition for that offense was granted. Another extradition request has been submitted for Spiegelman on charges of weapons smuggling and falsifying passports, Dutch Defense Ministry spokesman Lars Poppes said Saturday.
Spiegelman’s lawyer Abraham Moszkowicz claims Spiegelman is a suspect in the April 19 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal office building in Oklahoma City, which killed 169 people and injured more than 500 others.
If Moszkowicz can convince a Dutch court that Spiegelman is involved in the Oklahoma case it could prevent extradition, since the Netherlands will not extradite suspects who face a possible death penalty.
U.S. authorities have repeatedly denied that Spiegelman is wanted in connection with the Oklahoma blast.
Moszkowicz did not return any of The Associated Press’ phone calls for comment on his Friday meeting with Bradley.
The article in De Telegraaf, the nation’s top-selling national daily, did not cite any evidence that could link Spiegelman with the United States’ worst domestic terrorist attack.
Spiegelman, now being detained in a high-security Rotterdam prison, denies any link.
McVeigh and codefendant Terry Nichols are the only two people charged in connection with the bombing.