Judge scrutinizes embassy bomb suspect's defense

AP News
Posted: Aug 14, 2014 5:40 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A terror suspect's legal defense — underwritten by the Libyan government — is getting scrutiny from a federal judge in New York.

At the judge's suggestion, Abu Anas al-Libi agreed Thursday to consult another lawyer about the possibility of conflicting interests.

The case stems from al-Qaida's 1998 deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.

Al-Libi said he didn't sense any actual conflict. His lawyer says the Libyan government has financed the defense but not directed it.

The Libyan Embassy in Washington hasn't immediately returned a call.

Al-Libi has pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired in embassy attacks in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

He was grabbed off Tripoli streets in a raid in October. The Libyan government described it as a "kidnapping."