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US judge grants September delay in Benghazi suspect trial

Published on Jul 9, 2014 6:34 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A US judge on Tuesday postponed until September the next hearing for the suspected ringleader of the deadly attack on the American mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi after the prosecution argued the case was unusually “complex.”

During the third, brief, hearing for suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah at a federal court in Washington, assistant prosecutor Michael DiLorenzo asked for the additional time to prepare the case.

Mr DiLorenzo argued that the terrorist attack “occurred thousands of miles from the United States and said it “clearly qualified as a complex case.”

In the Sept 11, 2012 attack, which struck on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, gunmen stormed the US mission in Benghazi and set it ablaze in a brazen assault that sparked a highly politicised debate in Washington.

Benghazi attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah is pictured in U.S. federal court in Washington, in this courtroom sketch drawn and released on June 28, 2014. A US judge on Tuesday postponed until September the next hearing for the suspected ringleader of the deadly attack on the American mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi after the prosecution argued the case was unusually “complex.” -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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