June 18, 2014 7:57 am

US aims for trial of Benghazi suspect held on ship

This Sept. 12, 2012 file photo shows glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The capture of Ahmed Abu Khattala marks the first time the U.S has apprehended one of the accused perpetrators in the 2012 attack.

AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File

WASHINGTON – The capture of an alleged leader of the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, gives U.S. officials a rare moment of good news. Now they are preparing to try the captured Libyan in the U.S. court system and pledging to redouble efforts to catch others responsible for the attacks.

U.S. officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was being held on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The officials spoke only on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the Libyan’s whereabouts publicly by name.

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Abu Khattala was headed to the U.S. to face what President Barack Obama called “the full weight of the American justice system.”

Some Republican lawmakers were quick to voice skepticism about the administration’s plans to try Abu Khattala like a civilian.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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