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Al-Libi Pleads Not Guilty In U.S. Court To 1998 Embassy Bombings


A U.S. "wanted" notice for Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known as Anas al-Libi, who was reportedly detained by U.S. forces in Libya in early October

A U.S. "wanted" notice for Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known as Anas al-Libi, who was reportedly detained by U.S. forces in Libya in early October

A Libyan man captured in Tripoli earlier this month by U.S. special forces has pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court to charges that he was involved in the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

Abu Anas al-Libi entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan on October 15.

The 49-year-old was sent to New York after he was captured in an October 5 military raid in Libya.

He also was interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy warship for a week before he arrived in New York on October 12.

Some 224 people, including a dozen U.S. citizens, were killed by the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

Libi's prosecution in the United States continues a policy of bringing suspected Al-Qaeda sympathizers and operatives to U.S. civilian courts rather than military tribunals.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and dpa
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