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|Full name||Nizar ben Abdelaziz Trabelsi|
|Date of birth||2 July 1970|
|1992||1. FC Wülfrath|
|1993||SV 09/35 Wermelskirchen|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Nizar ben Abdelaziz Trabelsi (born 2 July 1970) is a Tunisian former professional footballer. In 2003, he was convicted as terrorist and sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for his association with Al-Qaida, and for plotting to attack US targets including American soldiers stationed at the Belgian airbase Kleine Brogel Air Base.
Association with Al-Qaida
Trabelsi had traveled to Afghanistan and met Osama bin Laden on several occasions. In 2001, Trabelsi was suspected of plotting to attack a US embassy in Paris, which was uncovered and stopped. He is said to be the designated suicide bomber, and was to wear a business suit to conceal the strapped bomb onto himself before walking into the embassy.
Trabelsi was arrested in an apartment, in Uccle near Brussels, Belgium on 13 September 2001. He was also implicated by Briton Saajid Badat, who alleged that both of them had conspired with Richard Reid supposedly to blow up two US-bound airliners using shoe bombs simultaneously.
In 2003, Trabelsi was sentenced to a 10-year prison term in Belgium. He was also found guilty of illegal weapons possession and being a member in a private militia. On October 3, 2013 he was extradited to the United States. In September 2014, the European Court of Human Rights found that his deportation was performed in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
After twelve years in custody, he is now being held in Washington D.C. without bond.
- BBC News (2007-12) Belgium frees jailbreak suspects, December 22, 2007.
- CNN News (2001-10-26). Thwarting terror cells in Europe The CNN Website, retrieved April 21, 2008
- "Nizar Trabelsi uitgeleverd aan de VS - De Standaard". Standaard.be. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- Trabelsi v. Belgium, ECHR 140/10, 139 (European Court of Human Rights 2014-09-04) (“The Court accordingly concludes that the applicant’s extradition to the United States of America amounted to a violation of Article 3 of the Convention.”).
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