Al-Qaeda suspect dies of cancer 10 days before trial

Washington – A Libyan man suspected of plotting al-Qaeda’s 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa has died in a New York hospital days before he was to stand trial, said his lawyer.

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, aka Abu Anas al-Libi, suffered from advanced liver cancer and in 2013 was captured by US troops in a raid in Tripoli.

Al-Libi, 50, died yesterday after his condition significantly deteriorated, his lawyer Bernard Kleinman told The Washington Post.

Al-Libi, a computer expert, was scheduled to go on trial in New York on January 12.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit murder and pleaded not guilty.

In 2000, a US court indicted al-Libi for taking part in the al-Qaeda-led bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people.

The US had also offered a $5-million reward for his capture.

Following his detention in October 2013, al-Libi was interrogated aboard the US warship San Antonio and taken to New York.

His co-accused in the same case are Khalid al-Fawwaz, a Saudi, and Adel Abdel-Bary, an Egyptian. Both men were extradited to the US from Britain in 2012.

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