As part of his plea agreement, al Delaema admitted to making "how-to" videos and documenting his intentions to kill Americans in Iraq. The US thinks this deserves 25 years in jail. The Netherlands thinks it deserves 8, with time off for US prison conditions.
A man sentenced by a US court to 25 years in jail for conspiring to kill Americans in Iraq was freed Wednesday after Dutch judges slashed his jail term citing poor US prison conditions.
The district court in the port city of Rotterdam said it converted the sentence of Wesam al-Delaema, an Iraqi-born Dutch citizen, to eight years.
This was closer to the applicable penalty for the same crime under Dutch law, prosecution spokesman Wim de Bruin said.
Delaema, 37, had already been in prison for more than two-thirds of the new sentence and thus "he was released" under Dutch parole regulations, he said.