Regent’s Executive Vice President Interviewed Concerning Al Libi named Abu Anas al Libi pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, ten days after US Delta force soldiers seized him outside his home in Tripoli, Libya. According to prosecutors, al Libi was a senior aide to Osama bin Laden and helped coordinate the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Tanzania in 1998.
David Patton, the Criminal Justice Act attorney appointed to him, argued that his client is mentioned in “a mere three paragraphs” of the 150-page indictment and refers to “conduct in 1993 and 1994 and nothing since. . . There is no allegation that he had any connection to al Qaeda after 1994.” According to CNN, however, those paragraphs indicate that al Libi met with al Qaeda members about the U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi which occurred five years later.
Regent’s executive vice president Paul Bonicelli was recently featured on The Blaze TV’s Real News in an interview concerning al Libi. Bonicelli said he doesn’t understand why we waited 15 years after the attacks to go after this man.
He also said that the trying of terrorist in American courts as if they were American citizens is problematic. “Everything with this administration points back to the policy failure. . . they do not understand the jobs that they have. They do not understand what their role is, and they want the world to be as they would like it to be instead of how it really is.”
State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said last week that there was no chance that al Libi would end up at Guantanamo. “The administration’s position on Guantanamo is clear: Our goal is not to add to the population, it’s to reduce it, which we’ve done,” she said. “Our policy is not to send any new detainees to Guantanamo.”