Libyan Qaeda suspect seized by US commandos appears in New York court

The Libyan man had been interrogated aboard a U.S ship

A senior Libyan al Qaeda figure seized more than a week ago in Tripoli, by US Special Forces, appeared in a New York court on Tuesday 10 days after his capture.

Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby, pleaded not guilty in a US federal court to allegations he was involved in the 1998 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Kenya and Tanzania, in which 224 people were killed.

Mr al-Liby was held after his capture aboard a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea for interrogation. He was later transferred to the United States.

He wore loose white sweat trousers, and a black sweatshirt, had his hands cuffed behind his back, Reuters news agency reported.

The case is United States of America v. Hage et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 98-cr-01023.

Mr al-Liby was captured by armed and masked men who debarked from a waiting car as he parked his in his native Libya after 15 years on the run, witnesses said.

Libya’s government, wary of an Islamist backlash, demanded an explanation for the “kidnapping” of one of its citizens.

His capture came on the same day a top leader of Somali-based Islamist group, al Shabaab, escaped another operation by US Navy Seals to capture him.

U.S forces reportedly pulled back from the operation after it became clear they were facing more civilians than expected.

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