Libya’s Anas al-Libi taken to New York

A Libyan man, who was kidnapped from Tripoli by US Special Forces, has been taken to the United States to “face trial.”

Anas al-Libi, who was captured on October 5 in an operation denounced by the Libyan government, is expected to appear in court on Tuesday in New York.

“Anas al-Libi was transferred to law enforcement custody this weekend and was brought directly to the Southern District of New York where he has been under indictment for more than a decade,” US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement issued on Monday.

“The government expects that he will be presented before a judicial officer tomorrow,” the statement added.

On October 5, US Special Forces kidnapped the al-Qaeda leader over his alleged involvement in the 1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, where over 220 people reportedly died.

Al-Libi, also known as Nazih al-Ragye, was on the most-wanted list of the FBI. The United States had offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture after he was indicted in 2000.

On October 7, the family of the Libyan abductee condemned his arrest, with his brother saying, “It was an act of piracy by a foreign force to kidnap my brother. They should have submitted a document to the Libyan government and put my brother on trial here in the country.”

On October 8, the Libyan government called in the US ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, over the kidnapping of al-Libi.

Last week, scores of people in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi set the US flag on fire to show their anger against the US abduction.

Meanwhile, in a separate operation on October 5, a team of US Navy SEALs raided the seaside residence of a commander of the al-Shabab militants in Somalia’s town of Baraawe. The operation apparently failed, as the militant commander was reportedly not on location at the time of the raid.

By Press TV


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