Alleged al Qaeda operative Al Libi taken to New York week after capture in Libya

Posted at 3:31 PM, Oct 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-14 23:29:20-04

(CNN) -- The United States has brought Abu Anas al Libi -- an alleged al Qaeda operative whom U.S. Army Delta Force soldiers captured in Libya this month -- to New York, a U.S. attorney's office said Monday.

He was transferred to law enforcement custody and brought to the United States on Saturday, according to a letter from the office of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to a federal judge.

Al Libi is expected to appear before a judicial officer on Tuesday, Bharara's office said.

His family in Tripoli said they were shocked that he was in the United States. They had received no details of his whereabouts from the U.S. or Libyan governments, family members told CNN.

His son, Abdullah, said the family hoped to get him a lawyer that would "work with him, for him." It was unclear if al Libi already has a lawyer.

"We don't want him talking to just anyone," Abdullah said. "We don't want just any lawyer asking him questions."

U.S. special operations forces captured al Libi in Tripoli more than a week ago. The 49-year-old native of Libya is accused of playing a role in the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

The United States had been holding him aboard a Navy ship, U.S. officials said. He was questioned there by members of a high-value detainee interrogation team, the officials said.

American officials have described him as "one of the world's most wanted terrorists."

He was indicted in 2001 by the federal court in the Southern District of New York in the embassy bombings and in connection with his alleged roles in al Qaeda conspiracies to attack U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Somalia.

Some terrorism experts have questioned how much valuable intelligence al Libi would be able to provide for his captors. A former jihadist associate told CNN last week that it was unlikely that he was still playing an active role with the terrorist network.

His wife said he was no longer a member of al Qaeda, had been living a normal life and was seeking a job with the Libyan oil ministry.

Al Libi was captured October 5 on the street in front of his home as he returned in his car from morning prayers.