PRAGUE (AP) — Czech Justice Minister Robert Pelikan has agreed to extradite an Ivory Coast national to the United States to face weapons charges.
Ministry spokeswoman Tereza Schejbalova confirmed the decision Thursday.
Faozi Abdul Menhem Jaber was one from a group of three who were arrested in Prague 2014 while allegedly trying to sell weapons to undercover U.S. law enforcement agents who pretended to be from a Colombian terrorist group.
But Pelikan refused to allow the extradition of the other two, Lebanon's national Ali Taan Fayad and another Ivory Coast citizen, drawing a strong criticism from the U.S.
The Feb. 4 move came on the same day that five Czech citizens who went missing in Lebanon in July returned home, leading to speculation that the Czech government did a deal for their release.