By Shirin Rajaee

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A man arrested in Sacramento on suspicion of an Iraqi murder linked to the Islamic State faced a judge at an extradition hearing on Monday.

CBS13 cameras were not allowed in the courtroom for 45-year-old Omar Ameen‘s court appearance on Monday.

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READ THE COMPLAINT: Omar Abdulsattar Ameen criminal complaint

The government of Iraq charged Ameen with premeditated murder that happened during an ISIS takeover of the Rawah District of the Al-Anbar Province. The charges stem from a witness recently linking Ameen to the 2014 attack based on a photo identification.

Ameen appeared in a Sacramento courtroom in shackles on Monday in an orange jumpsuit. He had an Arabic interpreter and some of his family was present for the hearing.

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The judge denied Ameen bail, saying the criminal complaint against his and the supporting evidence showed he may be a flight risk and a danger to the public.

Ameen was arrested by federal agents at his home on Wednesday on suspicion of taking part in an ISIS attack on an Iraqi police officer’s home in June of 2014. That same month, Ameen had been granted refugee status and later came to the United States.

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Court documents say Ameen has strong ties to ISIS and Al Qaeda. After he entered the country, Ameen found work at a local auto body shop.

Former federal prosecutor Bill Portanova says Ameen has a strong defense team who will be focused on determining if Ameen is the man who is named in the complaint. He adds it will be treated like a capital murder case due to how Iraq treats ISIS members and the crimes that are alleged.

ISIS took control of the of the Rawah District of the Al-Anbar Province on June 21, 2014, and the next day investigators say Ameen was part of a four-vehicle ISIS convoy that opened fire on a home of a former Iraqi police officer on June 22.

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The Iraqi government alleges Ameen fired his weapon at the victim, Ihsan Abdulhafiz Jasim, who was on the ground, killing him with a gunshot wound to the chest.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

  • June 21, 2014 – ISIS seizes control of the Rawah District of Al-Anbar Province, erects checkpoints.
  • June 22, 2014 – An four-vehicle ISIS convoy opens fire on a home. The man inside returns fire, but is eventually killed. A witness says Omar Abdulsattar Ameen fired the lethal shot into the victim’s chest.
  • April 11, 2014 – Intelligence officials say they have information on the murder of Jasim.
  • April 12, 2018 – Court receives details about the 2014 attack. Details came from a witness who investigators say was able to identify Ameen as the shooter from ISIS videos and photos.
  • May 16, 2018 – A judge in Iraq issues a warrant for Ameen’s arrest.
  • June 4, 2018 – Iraqi government files request for extradition
  • July 18, 2018 – American Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman certifies the request by the Iraqi government
  • Aug. 14, 2018 – Warrant submitted by investigators and granted by a judge in Sacramento.
  • Aug. 15, 2018 – Ameen is taken into custody and has his first hearing in Sacramento
  • Aug. 20, 2018 – Ameen denied bail at hearing.
  • Sept. 5, 2018 – Ameen’s next scheduled hearing

An report from Iraqi intelligence says Ameen worked with building material supplies and had a shopping center in the Rawah district. Investigators tied him to terrorist cells in 2004, saying he was a founder of al-Tawhid Wa al Jihad, an Al Qaida organization. They also say he was a close associate of Abu Mus’ab Al-Zaraqawi, a man at the center of many bombings, attacks and beheadings in Iraq before his death in a U.S. strike in 2006.

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The report also links Ameen to an armed attack against an Iraqi army headquarters in 2006 where soldiers were taken hostage and executed.