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Libya's tacit approval in catching al Qaeda suspect: US

world Updated: Oct 10, 2013 11:18 IST

The Libyan government gave tacit approval to a US operation in its country for capturing alleged al Qaeda suspect Abu Anas Al-Libi last Saturday in Tripoli, the US security sources have said.

The remarks by senior American officials, quoted by The New York Times, comes amid accusations from the Libyan authorities against US government of violating national sovereignty, Xinhua reported.

Libyan Justice Minister Salah Marghani held a press conference Tuesday on the controversial issue of the US counter-terrorism operation in Libya

"We consider the capture of Al-Libi as the kidnapping of Libyan citizen on Libyan soil and we demand the United States to respect the civil rights and enable his family to meet him," he said, adding that "the US military authorities should give the International Red Cross an access to Al-Libi to check his health and psychological condition."

Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Al-Libi was indicted in the Southern District of New York in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people.

The Special Representative and Head of UNSMIL, Tarek Mitri, also called on the US authorities to respect the Libyan national sovereignty and sensitivity and guarantee fair trial to Al-Libi as well as to every suspect.