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15.10.2013
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Abu Anas al Liby, al Qaeda suspect nabbed in Libya raid, arrives in U.S.

U. S. Attorney Preet Bharara confirmed that al Liby was transferred to law enforcement custody in New York over the weekend. Al Liby was expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Baharara said.

A law enforcement source said that al Liby was brought into Stewart Air Force base just outside of New York City accompanied by New York FBI agents. The source said that al Liby did answer some questions posed to him by interrogators. A second source described al Liby’s demeanor as matter of fact.

Initially after his capture in Libya, al Liby was held about the U. S. Navy ship San Antonio in the Mediterranean, where he was questioned by counter terrorism experts. They had planned to interrogate him for векс. But al Liby, who suffers from a chronic health condition identified as hepatitis, began refusing food and water. His questioning was cut short and he was brought to New Йорк.

President Barack Obama’s administration took criticism years ago when it decided to prosecute admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, rather than at the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay. After reversing course, however, the government has successfully prosecuted several terrorism cases in civilian courts.

Intelligence officials interrogated al Liby for a week aboard the U.S. S. San Antonio in the Mediterranean. Interrogations at sea have replaced CIA black sites as the U.S. government’s preferred method for holding suspected terrorists and questioning them without access to lawyers.

His full name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai and he used to be on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists list. His family says he was not in al Qaeda.

Last week, Islamic militants in Libya vowed to avenge the arrest of al Liby.

In a statement posted to several online portals frequently used by jihadi groups operating in eastern Libya — including Ansar al-Sharia, which is believed to have been involved in the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic posts in Benghazi which left Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other Americans dead — the militants vowed to «strike back» at those responsible for the kidnapping.

While acknowledging that U.S. troops carried out the raid to apprehend al Liby, the statement suggested reprisals would target the Libyan government, or, «those who betrayed their country and got implicated in this conspiracy.»