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Dutch News
Nigerian arrested for extradition to US 3/16/2007
AMSTERDAM – The Marechaussee arrested a 36-year-old Nigerian man on Monday who had been released last week much to the surprise of the public prosecution department. The man is suspected of large-scale money laundering. He was stopped last year with a suitcase containing 1.2 million euro.

Press officer for the justice department Maarten Vos in Haarlem says that the man has been arrested in connection with an extradition request from the United States. The US suspect him of involvement in drug smuggling.

The court in Amsterdam released the man on the basis of documents provided by his lawyer Hiddema. The documents state that the man is a businessman on a business trip to the Netherlands.

After he was released the justice department announced it would look into the possibilities of putting him behind bars again. The man was already linked with defrauding European companies.

"I have been informed by the police of the reason for his arrest. It seems as if something was invented in order to be able to arrest my client," the man''s lawyer said. The lawyer has also heard that the US Drug Enforcement Agency may be looking for the Nigerian.

Hiddema says the Nigerian went to pick up his passport at Schiphol on Monday morning, even though he knew he could be suspected of crimes in other countries. "My client says he is being taken for someone else and that he hasn''t done anything."

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