Libyan Al Qaeda suspect brought to US soil
Published October 14, 2013FoxNews.com
A suspected Libyan terrorist who was being held aboard a U.S. warship after being nabbed in Libya is now in New York and expected to appear in court Tuesday, officials said.
The Al Qaeda suspect, known as Abu Anas al-Libi, has been under federal indictment in New York for more than a decade.
U.S. special operations forces snatched him in Libya Oct. 5. He's expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.
He was held on the USS San Antonio, a Marine amphibious ship, for 11 days before being brought to the U.S..
A senior law enforcement official told Fox News he was transferred from military custody to law enforcement Saturday morning and flown to New York, where he arrived Saturday night.
The official said that shortly after his capture, U.S. officials found he suffered from several pre-existing chronic health conditions and that the medical treatment he required exceeded what he could get in military custody at sea.
Al-Libi was taken to a medical facility for evaluation upon arrival. He wife has said in interviews that he suffers from Hepatits C.
“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 more than a decade,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement Monday. “The government expects that he will be presented before a judicial officer tomorrow.”
Shayla Bezdrob, Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.