Libyan pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

A Libyan charged in the deadly 1998 Al Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Africa has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in New York.

By (AP)

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Published: Wed 16 Oct 2013, 11:54 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:31 PM

Abu Anas Al Liby entered the plea on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan.

Al Liby, who has a thick gray beard, kept his hands folded on his lap as the judge read the charges.

The 49-year-old Al Liby was captured during an October 5 military raid in Libya.

He was interrogated aboard a US Navy warship for a week before he was brought to New York on Saturday. He is charged in Manhattan in bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

Al-Liby’s prosecution in the United States continues a policy of bringing suspected Al Qaeda sympathisers and operatives to civilian courts rather than military tribunals.

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