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Libyan charged in 1998 US embassy bombings dies

Published:Sunday | January 4, 2015 | 12:00 AM
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CAIRO (AP):Fifteen years after allegedly helping al-Qaida plot the 1998 bombings of United States (US) embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, Abu Anas al-Libi parked his car on a quiet street in Libyas capital.

Within moments, soldiers from the US Army's elite Delta Force forced him, at gunpoint, into a van and sped away. They would fly him to a naval ship in the Mediterranean Sea before finally bringing him to New York to stand trial on charges of helping to kill 224 people, including a dozen Americans, and wound more than 4,500.

But al-Libi, who pleaded innocent to the charges against him, wouldn't live to see his trial start on January 12. He died last Friday night at a New York hospital of complications stemming from a recent liver surgery, his wife and authorities said Saturday. He was 50.

Al-Libi, once wanted by the FBI with a US$5 million bounty on his head, was chronically ill with hepatitis C when the soldiers seized him. His wife, who asked to be identified as Um Abdullah, told The Associated Press that his experience only worsened his ailments.

I accuse the American government of kidnapping, mistreating, and killing an innocent man. He did nothing, Um Abdullah said.

In a federal court filing yesterday, US Attorney Preet Bharara said al-Libi died after being taken from New Yorks Metropolitan Correctional Center to a local hospital.