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Al Libi In New York To Face Terrorism Charges
A suspected al Qaeda leader captured in Libya has arrived in New York following a week-long interrogation aboard a US warship.
Nazih Abdul-Hamed al Ruqai, better known by his alias Abu Anas al Libi, has been under federal indictment in New York for more than a decade on terrorism charges.
Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara confirmed that al Libi was transferred to law enforcement custody over the weekend.
The alleged senior al Qaeda figure was expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, Mr Bharara said.
Al Libi is accused of planning and conducting surveillance for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa.
He was detained during a US special forces raid in Libya on October 5.
His capture heightened tensions with Tripoli, with the Libyan government upset that it had not been informed about the raid, labelling it a "kidnapping".
Al Libi is accused of involvement in the bombings of the US Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, which killed more than 220 people.
Intelligence officials interrogated him for a week aboard the USS San Antonio in the Mediterranean.
Court documents say al Libi's ties to al Qaeda date back to the its early years, making him a potentially valuable source of information about the group's history.
The computer specialist is believed to have spent time in Sudan, where Osama bin Laden was based in the early 1990s.
Al Libi has long-standing health issues and will get medical testing while in custody to determine whether he needs treatment, US officials said.
Where exactly al Libi is being held and where that testing would take place is unclear.
President Barack Obama's administration took criticism years ago when it decided to prosecute admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, rather than at the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay.
After reversing course, however, the government has successfully prosecuted several terrorism cases in civilian courts.