US kidnapping of al-Libi act of terrorism

The recent abduction of a man in Libya by American military forces without notifying the Libyan government is an act of œterrorism,” an analyst tells Press TV.

œThis is an outrage and a complete violation of international law,” Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of Pan-African News Wire, said on Wednesday.

On October 5, US Special Forces kidnapped Abu Anas al-Libi in Tripoli over his alleged involvement in the 1998 twin bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Al-Libi, also known as Nazih al-Ragye, is being held in military custody and interrogated on board a navy ship, the USS Antonio, in the Mediterranean. Officials say al-Libi has not been Mirandized, and is facing open-ended interrogation on the ship without access to a lawyer.

The utilization of international waters for indefinite detention, interrogation and torture is as œequally egregious” as the use of CIA œblack sites” where terrorism suspects are detained in undisclosed locations overseas, Azikiwe stated.

The United States has defended al-Libi™s kidnapping as œlegal and appropriate,” but the incident has sparked angry reactions from Libya with lawmakers threatening to remove the prime minister if the government was involved.

œA lot of these kidnappings, detentions and interrogations” are carried out to œplay to the political dynamics inside the United States,” Azikiwe noted.

œIt™s an effort on the part of the Obama administration to make it appear as if it™s waging unrelenting battle on so-called terrorism and yet it is terrorism to go into the country of another nation and take people into detention and not provide any explanation,” he explained.


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