By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 9 January 2015:
The body of terror suspect Nazih Al-Ruqaii, alias Abu Anas Al-Libi was met by members . . .[restrict]of his family and officials when it was flown into Tripoli this evening . It has not been possible to confirm a report that an unidentified minister from the anti-government of Omar Al-Hassi was among the welcoming party.
Libi died of liver cancer in a New York hospital just a week before he was due to stand trial on charges that he was involved in the 1998 double-bombing of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. These attacks killed 224 people, including 12 Americans.
Libi’s coffin was taken from a Buraq Air Airbus which had flown to Mitiga airport from Istanbul. It is not known how the body was moved from the United States to Turkey.
Libi was seized outside his Tripoli home in Nofleen in October 2013. It is still unclear if his abductors were US special forces operatives or Libyans anxious to claim the $5 million bounty that Washington had offered for his capture. He was taken, via a US warship, to the United States where he was arraigned for trial in a New York court. While he admitted that he had once belonged to Al-Qaeda, Libi always denied that he had been involved in the two East African embassy bombings. [/restrict]