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Massoud Assassination Suspect Arraigned in Belgium - 2002-03-01


A Tunisian-born Belgian citizen has been arraigned in Brussels in connection with last September's assassination of Afghan opposition leader Ahmed Shah Masood.

The suspect, Amor Ben Mohammed Sliti, was extradited to Belgium from the Netherlands late Thursday. He was detained by Dutch police Tuesday when he arrived in Amsterdam on a flight from Tehran.

A spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor's office says Mr. Sliti has been charged with forgery and conspiracy. He is suspected of supplying stolen passports to the two suicide bombers who blew Mr. Masood up while posing as television interviewers.

Mr. Masood headed the anti-Taleban Northern Alliance until his assassination two days before the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York city and Washington.

Mr. Sliti reportedly was in a band of more than 100 al-Qaida sympathizers arrested after they slipped into Iran from Afghanistan earlier this month.

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