US Republicans want Libya suspect brought to Guantanamo

By REUTERS
October 8, 2013 21:57

WASHINGTON - Three Republican US senators said on Tuesday that an al-Qaida suspect seized in Libya should be brought to the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, so he can be subjected to long-term interrogation.

Senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte and Saxby Chambliss said they hoped to urge President Barack Obama, via a congressional resolution or an amendment to an upcoming defense authorization bill, to adopt a policy for long-term detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects.

In a raid in Tripoli on Saturday, US special forces seized Nazih al-Ragye, known by his alias Abu Anas al-Liby - a Libyan who is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians.

At a news conference, the Republican senators praised President Barack Obama for seizing Liby, now being held on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean.

But they disagreed with what they said was the administration's decision to keep him on a ship to be interrogated for 60 days, adding that that was not long enough to gather information.


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