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Dutch citizen to be sentenced in Iraq bombing

An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen faces sentencing in what prosecutors say is the United States' first criminal prosecution of an attack that targeted Americans in Iraq.

world Updated: Apr 15, 2009 11:10 IST

An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen faces sentencing in what prosecutors say is the United States' first criminal prosecution of an attack that targeted Americans in Iraq. Wesam al-Delaema could get up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge for planting roadside bombs in Iraq to kill Americans.

Al-Delaema pleaded guilty to planting remote-control explosives along a road used by U.S. troops. He videotaped himself planting the explosives, which did not cause any deaths.

As part of an agreement that brought al-Delaema to the United States two years ago to face trial, he will be returned to the Netherlands to serve out any prison term.

A Dutch judge will decide how much time he should serve.