An Algerian born Irish citizen, who is wanted by US authorities on international terrorism charges, has been arrested in Spain.
Ali Charaf Damache (50), who had been living here for more than a decade, had been wanted in the United States to face charges relating to the conspiracy to provide material support for terrorists and attempted identity theft to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
Damache, with a last address at High Street, Waterford, had initially pleaded not guilty at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court to sending a menacing phone call to US Muslim activist Majed Moughni in January 2010 but pleaded guilty to the charge on day six of his trial.
He was subsequently sentenced to four years imprisonment with the final 12 months suspended by Judge Donagh McDonagh.
Minutes after he had pleaded guilty to the charge, he was arrested in Waterford Courthouse by gardaí on foot of a High Court warrant.
Following lengthy extradition proceedings, the High Court refused last May to order his surrender to US authorities.