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Spain to hand over US-Belgian arrested over blood diamonds

An American-Belgian businessman arrested for suspected involvement in enslavement and pillaging blood diamonds during Sierra Leone's civil war will be handed over shortly to Belgium, a Spanish court official said Monday. The National Court spokesman said the man, identified as Michael Desaedeleer, has agreed to be handed over to the Belgian authorities who sought his arrest. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with court regulations. Spanish police said Desaedeleer, 64, was arrested last week at Malaga airport in southern Spain as he prepared to fly to the United States. He was brought before a National Court judge on Friday and jailed provisionally. Belgium...

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