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Benghazi attack suspect pleads not guilty

Published on Jun 29, 2014 6:15 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The suspected ringleader of a deadly attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance on Saturday in federal court.

A federal grand jury indicted Ahmed Abu Khatallah during the rare Saturday session on a single charge of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists resulting in death, for the attacks that killed US ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans two years ago.

Abu Khatallah is due back in court on Wednesday for a detention hearing at 11am, and again on July 8 for a status hearing.

He was flown to Washington by helicopter shortly after sunrise from a US Navy warship where he had been held since his high-profile capture two weeks ago, a law enforcement official told AFP.

A courtroom sketch depicts Ahmed Abu Khatallah in U.S. federal court in Washington on June 28, 2014. The suspected ringleader of a deadly attack on the US mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi pleaded not guilty during a brief court appearance on Saturday in federal court. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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