Al-Qaeda Suspect Dies days Before US Trial
NEW YORK: A Libyan accused over the 1998 Al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Africa died on Friday, days before he was to stand trial in New York. Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, was on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a $5 million price on his head when he was captured by US troops in the Libyan capital Tripoli in October 2013. He and Saudi businessman Khalid al-Fawwaz were due to stand trial on January . Al-Qaeda Suspect Dies days Before US Trial.
A suspected al-Qaeda terrorist kicked the bucket Friday night, days before he was slated to go on trial in government court in New York on charges of serving to arrange the 1998 bombings outside the U.s. consulates in Tanzania and Kenya that murdered 224 individuals, his legal advisor said. Among those executed in the bombings were 12 Americans, including two CIA representatives.
Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai was diagnosed with cutting edge liver disease after U.s. commandos and FBI specialists caught him in 2013, outside of his home in a suburb of Tripoli, Libya.
In a letter to the trial judge documented early Saturday, Preet Bharara, the U.s. lawyer for the Southern District of New York, said Ruqai, 50, “was taken from the Metropolitan Correctional Center to a New York healing center because of sudden inconveniences emerging out of his long-standing restorative issues.” Bharara said “his condition crumbled quickly.”
An imam was with Ruqai when he passed on, the letter said.
Ruqai’s lawyer, Bernard Kleinman, said his customer’s condition had crumbled essentially in the most recent month. Kleinman did not know the definite reason for death, and he declined to say all the more in regards to his customer’s last hours.