Alleged Embassy Bombing Mastermind Pleads Not Guilty

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This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. 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 outside his house Saturday in the Libyan capital, his relatives said. (FBI via AP)
 Abu Anas al-Libi (FBI via AP)

One of the alleged masterminds of the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania — a man thought to be a top al-Qaida operative — has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a federal courtroom in New York.

U.S. Delta forces seized 49-year-old Abu Anas al-Libi from outside his home in Tripoli, Libya 10 days ago.

He was brought to the U.S. over the weekend after being interrogated on a Navy vessel at sea.

Of the 20 accused conspirators in the embassy bombings, nine are in custody, one died awaiting trial, and eight — including Osama bin Laden — have been killed. Three remain at large.

Al-Libi's arrival in the U.S. has renewed questions over whether this country should be trying international terrorists on domestic soil.

In 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder decided to try the alleged 9/11 architect, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Guantanamo Bay by military commission.


This segment aired on October 15, 2013.


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