Jailed Benghazi suspect makes second court appearance
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 00:37
The Libyan militia leader accused of helping master mind the deadly 2012 Benghazi attack against a U.S. consulate is brought to a federal courthouse in Washington under heightened security for his second court appearance. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Under heightened security, the Libyan militia leader accused of being part of the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was brought to a federal courthouse in Washington D.C. on Wednesday (July 2) for his second court appearance since his capture.
Ahmed Abu Khatallah, captured in Libya on June 15 by a U.S. military and FBI team, has been interrogated both before and after he was advised of his rights under U.S. law to remain silent, authorities said.
He was transferred over the weekend to a federal prison in Alexandria, Virginia, from the U.S. Navy ship where he had been held since his capture, the officials said.
While aboard the USS New York, Abu Khatallah was interrogated first by a team of elite counterterrorism experts, known as the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), without being read his "Miranda Rights", a procedure in U.S. criminal cases under which a suspect is advised that he has the right to remain silent and to consult a lawyer.
He was later advised of his rights, the officials said. On Saturday, he was brought into federal court in Washington, where he pleaded not guilty to a terrorism conspiracy charge related to the Benghazi attack. One of the officials familiar with the case said U.S. authorities believed Abu Khatallah led the attack. Another official said he was "not the only ringleader."
Evidence linking Abu Khatallah to the attack includes video images, two officials said.
Abu Khatallah, in media interviews before his arrest, denied involvement in the Benghazi attacks.
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