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Czech Republic Extradites Terror Suspect to US


The Czech Republic has extradited a Lebanese-born Swedish citizen to the United States to face terrorism-related charges.

A spokeswoman for the Czech Justice Ministry says Oussama Abdullah Kassir left the country Tuesday, bound for the U.S.

The ministry says it found no reason to block the extradition of Kassir.

U.S. officials accuse Kassir of setting up a terrorist training facility in Bly, in the western U.S. state of Oregon, and operating several Web sites showing how to assemble bombs.

Czech authorities approved the extradition after U.S. officials assured them that Kassir would be tried only in a civilian court and held in a civilian prison. The Czechs did not want him sent to the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, or tried by a military court.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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