Suspected al Qaeda leader al-Libi dies before trial

Suspected al Qaeda leader al-Libi dies before trial

An al Qaeda suspect awaiting trial in New York died Friday evening.

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who was also known by Abu Anas al-Libi, suffered from liver disease, according to the New York Times. He was 50.

“We write now to inform the court that despite the care provided at the hospital, his condition deteriorated rapidly,” wrote Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a letter to the judge overseeing the case.

Al-Libi was accused of being involved in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya.

He was captured by U.S. special forces on the streets of Tripoli in Libya in 2013.

“I accuse the American government of kidnapping, mistreating, and killing an innocent man. He did nothing,” his wife told the Associated Press.

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