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Judge to hear bid to extradite driving school owner to Iraq

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Morrissey concluded Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri is at risk of fleeing and poses a danger to the community.
Posted at 7:29 AM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-15 10:29:30-04

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge will hold a hearing Thursday over whether to sign off on a request to extradite a Phoenix driving school owner to Iraq on murder charges.

Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri is charged in the 2006 killings of two police officers in Fallujah as the leader of an al-Qaida group. Ahmed is an Iraqi native who came to the United States as a refugee in 2009 and became a U.S. citizen in 2015. Ahmed has denied involvement in the killings and being a member of a terror group.

His lawyer said Ahmed would likely face execution if he were forced back to Iraq.