Accused Libyan al Qaeda leader in NYC custody

Posted by James Rosen and Marisa Taylor on October 14, 2013 

APTOPIX Libya-Militant Nabbed

Gunmen in a three-car convoy seized Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade



An al Qaeda leader indicted 15 years ago for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa is being held in a federal prison in New York after a week of presumed interrogation on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean.

Nazi Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, a Libyan known as Anas al-Libi, had been captured Oct. 5 outside his home in the Libyan capital of Tripoli during a raid by U.S. Special Forces commandos.

"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 a decade," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Monday in a statement.

"The government expects that he will be presented before a judicial officer tomorrow," Bharara said.

Al-Libi had been one of four fugitives among 21 alleged terrorists indicted in New York for the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.



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