Spain extradites suspected Syrian arms dealer to US

Al-Kassar had fought his extradition on the grounds that the US would not grant an Arab a fair trial.

Spain extradites suspected Syrian arms dealer to US
Spain on Friday handed over to US authorities Syrian arms dealer Monzer al-Kassar, whose extradition had been authorized by the government a week earlier, police sources said.

The government confirmed the decision of the National Court, which approved the extradition on the condition that the death penalty would not be applied to al-Kassar, and that he would not be jailed for his entire life.

Al-Kassar was detained a year ago at Madrid airport after flying in from the southern Costa del Sol, where he has lived since 1980.

The United States suspects him of supplying weapons to organizations such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Al-Kassar had fought his extradition on the grounds that the US would not grant an Arab a fair trial.

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