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US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

1 year ago June 18, 2014 Jun 18, 2014 Wednesday, June 18 2014 Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:15:47 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Lolita C. Baldor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gives U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to redouble efforts to catch others responsible for the attacks.

U.S. officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was being held on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the Libyan's whereabouts publicly by name.

Abu Khattala was headed to the U.S. to face what President Barack Obama called "the full weight of the American justice system."

Some Republican lawmakers were quick to voice skepticism about the administration's plans to try Abu Khattala like a civilian.

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