A suspected al Qaeda leader made his first appearance in a New York Federal courtroom Tuesday afternoon. But his presence is raising concerns about just how quickly terrorism suspects should be turned over to the American courts.
Abu Anas al-Libi pleaded not guilty to charges he planned the deadly attacks against U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. The attacks killed 224 people.
He was indicted more than a decade ago. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life behind bars.
American military forces captured al-Libi in a raid on the streets of Tripoli earlier this month.
He was then questioned for a week aboard the U.S.S. San Antonio, but congressional Republicans wanted him sent to Guantanamo Bay for intensive interrogation.