|Desiree Sison |||Jan 04, 2015 04:30 AM EST|
(Photo : Reuters)
The family of a suspected terrorist who died in a New York hospital last Friday said it is holding the United States government liable for the death of their kin saying that the latter developed cancer while inside prison.
Abu Anas al-Libi, 50, was scheduled to attend trial together with his co-accused Khalid al-Fawwaz in Manhattan Federal Court for his alleged involvement in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya that killed 300 people which included 10 Americans and wounded 5,000 others..
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U.S. authorities said Al-Libi died of liver complications from a recent liver surgery but his family accused the Obama administration of 'killing' Al-Libi by mistreating him and taking him back to his cell after the operation.
"We hold the U.S. legally responsible for the death of my father," al-Libi's son Ahmed al-Ragye said. Ragye added that his father had developed cancer while inside his cell.
Al-Libi's widow said the ill prisoner underwent liver surgery three weeks ago and was in a coma for days.When he woke up, he was quickly and 'prematurely' transported back to his cell.
"I accuse the American government of kidnapping, mistreating, and killing an innocent man," Um Abdujjah said.
US Attorney Preet Brahrara said al-Libi died while being transported from the New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center to an undisclosed hospital.
Bharara said that despite the care given to the suspect in the hospital, his health deteriorated rapidly until he passed away.
Reports said Al-Libi had a US$ 5 million reward on his head placed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was suffering from liver disease when he was captured by US Army in Tripoli in 2013.
Al-Libi was reportedly working for Al Qaeda as a computer analyst that monitored the US Embassy in Nairobi in 1993.
Court papers showed that in 1994, Al-Libi and his Al Qaeda comrades provided alternate bomb targets in Nairobi which included French, British, and Israeli nationals and the US Agency for International Development headquarters.
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