Request to dismiss embassy bombings charges against Libyan defendant rejected by judge

The Associated Press
May 22, 2014 03:06 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A New York judge has rejected a request from defence lawyers for a Libyan man that charges related to the 1998 bombing of two U.S. embassies in Africa be dismissed.

Judge Lewis Kaplan said there was no legal basis to support claims that Abu Anas al-Libi cannot be tried in U.S. courts. Defence attorneys had argued in court papers that international treaties were violated when al-Libi was forcibly removed from his vehicle outside his home in Tripoli, Libya in October 2013.

They say he was forcibly removed to a U.S. Navy vessel, where he was interrogated for a week.

Al-Libi is charged with conspiring to bomb embassies in Kenya and Tanzania where 224 people were killed, including a dozen Americans.

His lawyer didn't immediately return a message for comment Thursday.

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