An alleged al-Qaeda leader detained for interrogation aboard a U.S. warship is now in New York City and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday in federal court for a number of terrorism charges, according to former NYPD official Iris Aquino.
The al-Qaeda suspect, Abu Anas al-Libi, has been under federal indictment in New York for more than ten-years. He’s accused of aiding in planning and conducting surveillance for the terrorist bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998, during the Clinton Administration.
While he was supposed to be held for interrogation for a longer period of time, according to Fox News Channel, al-Libi suffers from an advanced-stage of Hepatitis “C” that is affecting his liver function.
Al-Libi will be the latest in an increasing long-line of defendants to face civilian trials under President Barack Obama, who refuses to have suspected terrorists detained at the Guantanamo Military Detention Center (Gitmo) and tried within the military justice system.
In his first term, Obama reneged on his original order for 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be tried in New York in a federal courtroom. After being slammed by members of the GOP and counterterrorism experts, Obama rescinded his decision and allowed Mohammed to be transferred to Gitmo for a military trial, according to a report by Accuracy in Media.
Al-Libi was a prominent fixture on the FBI’s most wanted terrorists lists, but his friends and family claim he was not a member of al-Qaeda, much less a leader of that terrorist group.
U.S. special forces had nabbed al-Libi in a surprise raid in Tripoli, Libya, last week, but he was temporarily held onboard a Navy warship for preliminary questioning before being transferred to the United States for prosecution in the federal criminal justice system, according to an Examiner news story.
Republican lawmakers and numerous counterterrorism experts claim President Barack Obama is allowing national security to take a backseat to the liberal-left, political-correctness orthodoxy by refusing to allow the captured an al-Qaeda leader to be detained at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, U.S. military detention center, according to the Examiner story.
Last week, an Islamist who served 12-years in custody after being arrested by police in Belgium is now in Washington, D.C., to face terrorism charges within the U.S. federal court system, according to a news story appearing in the Examiner.
Nizar Trabelsi of Tunisian, after serving 12-years in prison in Belgium, where he served time for terrorist acts, Trabelsi was extradited and arrived on Thursday to answer to terrorism charges in the United States.
The 43-year-old Trabelsi allegedly received his orders directly from Osama bin Laden, the iconic leader of al-Qaeda, according to the Examiner story.
“I can confirm that U.S. forces did capture a Pakistani Taliban (the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan) terrorist leader Latif Mehsud in a military operation,” said State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf in a daily briefing. “[But] I don’t have further details to share about the operation for you at this time,” she added.