Libyan Arrives in US to Face Terrorism Charges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. officials say a Libyan al-Qaida suspect is now in New York awaiting trial on terrorism charges, after a weeklong interrogation aboard a U.S. warship. The suspect, Abu Anas al-Libi, was grabbed in a military raid in Libya on Oct. 5. He's due to stand trial in Manhattan, where he has been under indictment for more than a decade on charges he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.

He's expected to be arraigned tomorrow, according to Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, who confirmed that al-Libi was transferred to law enforcement custody over the weekend.

A federal law enforcement official and two other U.S. officials said al-Libi arrived in New York on Saturday. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Intelligence officials interrogated him for a week aboard the U.S.S. San Antonio in the Mediterranean. Interrogations at sea have replaced CIA black sites as the U.S. government's preferred method for holding suspected terrorists and questioning them without access to lawyers.


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