November 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) - A Libyan charged in the deadly 1998 al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in New York.
Abu Anas al-Libi (AH'-boo AH'-nahs ahl-LIH'-bee) entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan.
Al-Libi, who has a thick gray beard, kept his hands folded on his lap as the judge read the charges.
The 49-year-old al-Libi was captured during an Oct. 5 military raid in Libya.
He was interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy warship for a week before he was brought to New York on Saturday. He is charged in Manhattan in bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.
Al-Libi's prosecution in the United States continues a policy of bringing suspected al-Qaida sympathizers and operatives to civilian courts rather than military tribunals.