Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A federal judge on Wednesday ordered suspected Libyan terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala to be detained without bond while awaiting his trial.
The ruling was based on prosecutors’ claims that Khattala is capable of violence against Americans as a leader of an extremist brigade in Libya.
Prosecutors also said Khattala poses a continued threat to the U.S. as he has plotted attacks against the United States and other Western interests in recent months, according to court documents filed by the Justice Department on Tuesday.
Khattala is among a dozen armed men who attacked and set fire on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. U.S. Special Forces and FBI agents captured him in a raid of his coastal villa in Benghazi on June 15 and detained him aboard the USS New York.
The ship arrived in the U.S. on Saturday and Khattala was taken to a district court in Washington and charged with providing material support to terrorists, using a firearm in a crime of violence and killing a person in an attack on a federal facility. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.