Accused al-Qaeda Terrorist Loses Bid to Dismiss U.S. Charges

Accused al-Qaeda terrorist Abu Anas al-Liby lost a bid to have charges stemming from the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania thrown out.

U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in Manhattan federal court today denied al-Liby’s request to dismiss the charges, rejecting arguments that the court doesn’t have the legal authority to try him because U.S. forces captured him in Libya last year.

“The Supreme Court flatly has held that a forcible abduction of a defendant does not strip a court of jurisdiction to try that defendant,” Kaplan said in an opinion today.

Al-Liby was indicted in 2000 with conspiring to kill U.S. citizens and attack American facilities. He’s charged with participating in the almost simultaneous August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The bombings killed more than 224 people, including 12 U.S. citizens, and wounded thousands.

Al-Liby is also charged with plots to attack U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Somalia. He has pleaded not guilty.

The case is U.S. v. Al Liby, 98-cr-1023, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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