TCP president Virginia Sloan welcomed news that alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Liby has been transferred to New York and will be arraigned on October 15 in federal court.
“The Obama administration is right; al Liby should stand trial in federal court, where he was indicted more than a decade ago. Both before 9/11 and since, and as opposed to military commissions, federal courts have safely and without fanfare gone about the business of adjudicating hundreds of complex terrorism cases. Al Liby’s prosecution should be no different,” Sloan said in a press release.
A suspect in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians, al Liby was seized by a U.S. Army Delta Force squad on the streets of Tripoli, Libya on October 5. Intelligence officials interrogated him for a week without access to lawyers aboard the U.S.S. San Antonio in the Mediterranean.
TCP has long advocated for trying terrorism suspects in federal court. In a comprehensive report released in April, The Constitution Project’s independent, blue-ribbon Task Force on Detainee Treatment urged that the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay be promptly closed.