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Al-Qaeda suspect seized in Libya to face charges in New York

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Al-Qaeda suspect seized in Libya to face charges in New York


Al-Qaeda suspect Abu Anas al-Liby is expected to face charges in a New York court on Tuesday.

He has been on the FBI’s most wanted list for more than a decade.

They accuse him of being a senior al-Qaeda figure and of involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in East Africa. A criminal indictment was filed against him by a New York grand jury in 2000.

Al-Liby was seized in front of his home in Tripoli by US Special Forces on October 5. Libya has demanded an explanation for the raid but his sons claim Libyans were involved in his kidnap, something which the government has denied.

After his capture he was whisked onto a US Navy ship in the Mediterranean where he has been questioned by a team of interrogators.

The 1998 attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed more than 220 people. The US government had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to al-Liby’s capture.

He is likely to have a court appointed lawyer to represent him but it’s not known how he will plead.

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