PHOENIX — A judge certified the Iraqi government's extradition request for a Phoenix driving school owner on charges that he participated in the killings of two police officers 15 years ago in the Iraqi city of Fallujah as the leader of an al-Qaida group.
The ruling Friday sends Ali Yousif Ahmed Al-Nouri's extradition decision to Washington to decide.
The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed it has no record of having ever before extradited anyone to Iraq under a decades-old a U.S.-Iraq treaty.
The judge concluded there was probable cause that Ahmed participated in the killings. Ahmed denied involvement in the killings and being a member of a terror group.