WASHINGTON — The second man to be charged within the U.S. with serving to to hold out the lethal 2012 badault on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was introduced earlier than a federal choose on Friday in Washington.
Mustafa al-Imam appeared in the identical courthouse the place one other Libyan, Ahmed Abu Khattala, is on trial for serving to to guide the badault that killed the U.S. ambbadador and three different Americans.
Like Khattala, al-Imam was seized in a daring raid in Libya by a staff of U.S. particular forces and members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team, then taken to a U.S. Navy ship, the place he was interrogated first by a staff of intelligence officers after which by a separate group of FBI brokers. The seize happened on Oct. 29 close to the Libyan coastal metropolis of Misurata.
Al-Imam, who is alleged to be in his mid-40s, is charged with killing an individual whereas attacking a federal facility and offering materials badist to a terror group. He appeared in courtroom, with out handcuffs, in an orange government-issued jumpsuit.
Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson ordered him held pending a listening to set for Nov. 9, however it’s unlikely he could be allowed out on bail whereas ready for his trial.
The prices might carry the demise penalty upon conviction, however prosecutors is not going to say till later whether or not they’ll search it. The Justice Department shouldn’t be searching for the demise penalty in Khattala’s trial.
Although President Donald Trump has repeatedly stated he favors sending terrorism suspects to the U.S. Navy facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, the choice to place al-Imam on trial in a civilian U.S. courtroom is in keeping with the observe of the Obama administration.
Khatallah’s trial, which started in late September, is anticipated to final till Thanksgiving.