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Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect pleads not guilty

Anas al-Libi was snatched from the streets of the Libyan capital Tripoli by US commandoes on October 5 and at the weekend brought to New York, where he was indicted by a grand jury in 2000.

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A Libyan Al-Qaeda suspect arraigned in a New York court on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges related to the 1998 bombings of US embassies in East Africa.

Anas al-Libi was snatched from the streets of the Libyan capital Tripoli by US commandoes on October 5 and at the weekend brought to New York, where he was indicted by a grand jury in 2000.

The 49-year-old was on Tuesday escorted into New York Southern District courtroom 24A wearing a black sweater and grey jogging pants, with a bushy grey beard and closely cropped black hair.

Judge Lewis Kaplan read out the list of conspiracy charges against him. Libi spoke in a gravelly voice only to confirm his name and age, and that he understood the proceedings.

Kaplan adjourned the next hearing until October 22.

The August 7, 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people and wounded thousands of others.

The computer expert, whose given name is Nazih Abdul Hamed al-Raghie, was on the FBI's most wanted list with a $5 million price on his head for his presumed role.

The married father-of-four is accused of conspiracy to murder, kidnap and maim Americans and of plotting to maliciously damage and destroy US property, and attack US defense buildings.

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