New York — Abu Anas Al-Libi, charged in the deadly 1998 al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to terrorism charges.
Al-Libi was handcuffed and led out of court after the judge ordered him detained as a flight risk. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewin had requested detention, calling Al-Libi a "clear danger."
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan asked him how he wanted to be addressed in court. Al-Libi, who spoke in Arabic and listened to the proceeding with help from a translator, said he preferred to be known as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, his real name.
U.S. Army Delta Force soldiers seized Al-Libi, a 49-year-old Libyan, on October 5 from outside his house in Tripoli, Libya.
Al-Libi had been on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list for more than a decade for his alleged involvement in the dual bombings of U.S. embassies which claimed more than 200 lives, 12 of them American.