Kerry defends US capture of Libya man as ‘appropriate and legal’

US Secretary of State John Kerry defends as “legal” the abduction of a man in Libya by American Special Forces.

Speaking in the Indonesian island of Bali Monday, where he is attending the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, Kerry said Nazih al-Ragye– known as Abu Anas al-Libi in Libya– was “an appropriate and legal target” for US forces over his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in East Africa.

The top US diplomat promised that the suspect will face justice in a court of law after officials in Tripoli demanded answers about the kidnap.

Kerry refused to say whether Washington had informed Tripoli beforehand about Saturday’s raid to capture al-Libi, and added that complaints about the operation from Libya and others were unfounded.

In a statement on Sunday, the Libyan government said it “contacted the American authorities and asked it to present clarifications” regarding the abduction.

The Pentagon’s spokesman George Little said Saturday al-Libi “is currently lawfully detained by the US military in a secure location outside of Libya.”

Al-Libi’s family has condemned his capture, calling it an act of “piracy.”

On Saturday, US Navy SEALs carried out attacks in Somalia and the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

American forces killed several al-Shabab militants after they raided the seaside residence of a commander of the militant group in Somalia’s town of Baraawe. But they failed to capture the commander.

By Press TV


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