US arrests Iraqi refugee wanted over IS killing

Photograph issued by US Department of Justice showing Omar Ameen Image copyright US Division of Justice Image caption FBI witnesses known Omar Ameen as a person who took part in the raid in Rawah

An Iraqi refugee has been arrested within the US on suspicion of murdering an Iraqi policeman at the same time as preventing for the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

Omar Ameen, 45, gave the impression ahead of a magistrate in California on Wednesday in connection with lawsuits to extradite him to Iraq to stand trial.

An Iraqi arrest warrant alleges that Mr Ameen shot the policeman lifeless all through a raid at the the city of Rawah in June 2014.

He arrived in the US five months later and settled in Sacramento.

US prosecutors stated Mr Ameen applied to the us for refugee status while living in Turkey after announcing he used to be a sufferer of persecution and violence.

He was once granted refugee status days prior to the attack in Rawah, which came about as IS seized control of enormous swathes of western and northern Iraq.

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US prosecutors allege that Mr Ameen’s family supported and assisted the installation of IS and its precursor, al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), in Rawah, and that he was “a main local figure” of each groups.

They say he participated in quite a lot of activities in toughen of the teams, including serving to to plant improvised explosive devices, transporting militants, soliciting budget, robbing supply lorries and kidnapping drivers.

The Iraqi arrest warrant says that on 22 June 2014, Mr Ameen entered Rawah with a convoy of IS cars and drove to the house of the policeman, Ihsan Jasim.

Mr Ameen and 5 different militants then opened fire at the house, with Mr Ameen fatally capturing the officer within the chest, the warrant alleges.

At Wednesday’s listening to, federal justice of the peace pass judgement on Edmund Brennan ordered Mr Ameen to be detained till his subsequent court docket look, accepting the prosecutors’ arguments that he posed a threat to the community and a flight risk.

There was no instant reaction to the allegations from Mr Ameen’s lawyers.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper stated public defenders Benjamin Galloway and Douglas Beevers as saying they have been assigned the case minutes earlier than the hearing and that their shopper used to be “conscious about the basic nature of the fees”.

He may well be done in Iraq if convicted of “organised killing through an armed group”.

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