Al-Shabab recruits in the Netherlands

Violent Islamist group Al-Shabab is recruiting in the Netherlands, according to American journalist Mark Hosenball on his Newsweek blog. He bases his comments on official Dutch government sources.

Hosenball writes that two Dutch government officials, who requested anonimity, and Bart Stapert, an Amsterdam lawyer now representing Omar, told him Omar approached Dutch authorities in December 2008 during a stop-over at Schiphol airport.

Omar asked for political asylum and was sent to a refugee resettlement facility in Dronten in Flevoland. One of the officials told Hosenball: ‘While in Dronten it is believed he was connected with or working for Al-Shabab.’

Omar was arrested in November 2009 and the US government filed a request for his extradition. A Dutch court found in favour but Omar’s appeal of that ruling is current before the Dutch supreme court.

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