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article imageLibya, activists and extremists criticize Libi’s rendition

By Abdul Kuddus     Oct 8, 2013 in World
Tripoli - Following the United States’ capture of alleged Al-Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi in a surprise Tripoli raid, Libya is seeking his handover, saying that he be tried on Libyan soil.
Reportedly, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Tuesday that all Libyans should be tried on home soil.
Further, Libya's General National Congress (GNC) spokesman Omar Hmidan on Tuesday demanded that US officials hand over al Libi and that Libyan authorities be given access to Libi in the meantime.
Hmidan described the US operation as a "flagrant violation of Libya’s national sovereignty.”
The GNC declaration followed after Libya's justice minister had a cordial meeting with US Ambassador Deborah Jones to explain the surprise raid.
US forces seized Libi from a Tripoli Street Saturday in broad daylight.
The plan, a “prudent measure” to capture Libi, was made in coordination with the State Department, according to military officials, CNN reported.
“Nazih Abdul Hamed al-Raghie, alias Libi features in FBI's most wanted list with a $5 million bounty on his head for his alleged role in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is reportedly being held aboard an US naval ship in the Mediterranean,” AFP reported.
The raid and capture of Libi also angered militant groups who used social networking sites declaring revenge attacks on strategic targets such gas pipelines, planes and ships, as well as kidnapping of Americans in Tripoli.
As a precautionary measure, the United States is moving 200 US Marines to an US base in Italy from one in Spain to respond to possible retaliation by extremists in Libya, according to reports.
The marines are “being moved along with three V-22 Osprey aircraft capable of delivering them and their supplies to Libya, which lies about 328 miles across the Mediterranean Sea,” CNN reported.
Meanwhile, human rights groups criticized the raid and urged US to respect Libi’s rights and offer him a lawyer. Human Rights Watch asked US to make sure that Libi gets a speedy trial in a civilian court.
"The US needs to respect his rights so that he can be tried in a civilian court," said HRW's Laura Pitter, according to AFP.
London-based Amnesty International also criticised the raid on Libi saying it violated "fundamental human rights principles."
Meanwhile Libi is reportedly being interrogated on board the USS San Antonio, in the Mediterranean and could be extradited to New York to face trial.
It is still not confirmed when Libi will be extradited or if that will happen.
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