Libyan al-Qaeda suspect pleads not guilty to 1998 US embassy blasts in Africa

Washington, Oct. 16 (ANI): A Libyan charged in the deadly 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in federal court in New York.

Abu Anas al-Libi, who served as one of Osama bin Laden's key henchmen, pleaded not guilty to helping orchestrate the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

The 49-year-old appeared in Manhattan federal court to answer about his alleged role in the bombings that left at least 244 people dead and thousands injured.

According to the New York Post, al-Libi appeared in court 10 days after he was he was captured off a street in Libya during a raid by the US Army Delta Force.

The terror suspect through his public defenders said he wanted to go by the name "Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai" and couldn't afford to hire a private lawyer before issuing his not-guilty plea, the report said.

Assistant US Attorney Nicholas Lewin called al-Libi 'a clear danger to the community' who 'presents a risk of flight'.

He was charged in a 1998 indictment with multiple counts including conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals and to destroy U.S. buildings and installations. (ANI)


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