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'Most Wanted Terrorist' in New York for Trial

October 14, 2013

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A senior al-Qaida figure snatched from a street in Libya has been brought to New York for trial, U.S. officials said Monday.

"Anas al-Liby 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," the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said in a statement. "The government expects that he will be presented before a judicial officer tomorrow [Tuesday]."

U.S. special forces captured al-Liby, 49, in his native Libya Oct. 5. Officials said. U.S. troops conducted the mission on the streets of Tripoli with the Libyan government's tacit knowledge, officials said.

Al-Liby, who has used several aliases but lived relatively openly in Libya, is wanted in the United States for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. More than 200 people were killed, including 12 U.S. citizens, and thousands of Africans were wounded in the twin attacks.

U.S. officials interrogated al-Liby aboard a warship before he was brought to New York.

The FBI lists al-Liby as one of its "Most Wanted Terrorists" and had offered a $5 million reward for information leading directly to his apprehension.

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