Al Qaeda Suspect Captured in Libya to Appear in US Federal Court
(NEW YORK) — The high-target al Qaeda suspect snatched off the streets of Tripoli, Libya, by U.S. Special Forces 10 days ago will likely appear in a New York City federal court on Tuesday to face terror-related charges.
Abu Anas al-Libi has been under a federal indictment for the last 10 years for his role in the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 223 people, including 12 Americans, and wounded thousands.
After his capture in Libya on Oct. 5, al-Libi was interrogated aboard the USS San Antonio, a Navy amphibious ship, about his possible knowledge regarding other al-Qaeda operations and operatives. He was brought to the U.S. last weekend.
Some Senate Republicans were angry about interrogating al-Libi on the San Antonio rather than sending him to the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which they consider a top-rated detention facility in spite of White House efforts over the years to shut it down and move detainees to maximum security prisons stateside.
Al-Libi was on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list with a $5 million reward for his capture.
Senior law enforcement officials are also telling ABC News that the transfer was sped up in part due to the suspect’s serious health condition. A U.S. official confirmed reports that al-Libi has a severe case of Hepatitis C, a viral infection that attacks the liver.
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