DUBLIN (AP) — An Algerian man wanted by U.S. authorities over an abortive plot to assassinate a Swedish artist is expected to face extradition hearings Thursday in Dublin.
The surprise development came after Ali Damache pleaded guilty Wednesday during his Irish trial for threatening to kill a Michigan lawyer in a 2009 phone call made from Ireland.
The 47-year-old spent the past three years imprisoned in Ireland. The judge gave Damache a four-year sentence but suspended the final year and ordered him freed. Irish detectives acting on the U.S. extradition warrant arrested Damache as he walked out of court.
Damache is accused of recruiting two American women, including one nicknamed "Jihad Jane," to Ireland to target Lars Vilks over drawings depicting Mohammed as a dog. Both women are imprisoned in the United States.