The architect behind the 2012 terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Ahmed Abu Khattala has argued that he should be sent back to Libya, due to the fact that the way he was captured and held captive on a U.S. Navy ship was against the law.
His legal team wrote in court fillings that, “The government conceived and executed a deliberate plan to capture Mr. Abu Khattala and transport him to the United States in a manner intended to facilitate the government’s prosecution while violating not only Mr. Abu Khattala’s fundamental rights, but also domestic and international law,”
Abu Khattala was accused of many charges, including his role in the death of the US ambassador, Christopher Stevens and three other American nationals. However, his legal team argued that the US “illegally deployed the military to violate the sovereignty of Libya” when it deployed Special Forces in Libya to detain Abu Khattala and bring him to the US.
Abu Khattala’s legal team also argued the way he was transported on as ship rather than on a plane was “for the explicit purpose of illegally interrogating him for almost two weeks.” Libya and the USA do not have a formal extradition treaty, but they have developed an agreement to share investigative efforts.
This case would bring the focus back to the 2012 Benghazi attack, which took place when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, and led to uncovering the ‘email-gate’ scandal, in which Clinton’s emails had a gap during the 2012 period, she is set to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22nd.