Lawyer: Terror-case client is 'terminally ill'

AP News
Posted: Jul 17, 2014 7:50 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lawyer says the government is rushing to bring to trial a terminally ill Libyan man it says helped orchestrate the 1998 deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies.

Attorney Bernard Kleinman filed papers Thursday in Manhattan federal court objecting to the government's handling of Abu Anas al-Libi's case.

He says the government is rushing al-Libi's trial by opposing its severance from a co-defendant's trial. He says the approach is odd since the government also is suggesting Kleinman could be disqualified depending on how it is determined he is being paid.

Kleinman says his client should be at any hearing stemming from the dispute. Al-Libi is charged in attacks that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

A spokeswoman for prosecutors declined to comment.