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U.S. says Libya gave tacit approval to suspect's capture

U.S. security sources said on Wednesday that the Libyan government gave tacit approval to a U.S. operation in its country to capture alleged al-Qaida suspect Abu Anas Al-Libi last Saturday in Tripoli.

The remarks by senior American officials, quoted by The New York Times, comes amid accusations from the Libyan authorities against U.S. government of violating national sovereignty.

Libyan Justice Minister Salah Marghani held a press conference on Tuesday on the controversial issue of the U.S. counter- terrorism operation in Libya.

He said "We consider the capture of Al-Libi as the kidnapping of Libyan citizen on Libyan soil and we demand the United States to respect the civil rights and enable his family to meet him."

He added that U.S. military authorities should give the International Red Cross an access to Al-Libi to check his health and psychological condition."

About his meeting with the U.S. ambassador in Libya, Debora Jones, Marghani said that the ambassador confirmed that Abu Anas is currently on board of a U.S. warship in the Mediterranean and that he will be transferred soon to New York in order to stand trial for allegations over his role in the American embassies bombings in 1998 "and his activities against the American interests," as Jones stressed.

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Al-Libi was indicted in the Southern District of New York in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people.

The Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL, Tarek Mitri, also called on U.S. authorities to respect the Libyan national sovereignty and sensitivity and guarantee fair trial to Al-Libi as well as to every suspect.

In spite of the Libyan and international criticism for U.S. raid in Tripoli, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has called on Western powers to help stop the spread of militancy in his country. In an interview with BBC Newsnight, he said Libya was being used as a base to export weapons throughout the region.

[Source: Xinhua, Tripoli, 09Oct13]

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