Abu Anas al-Liby pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, including helping to plan the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, CNN reported. Speaking through a translator, he said he understood the charges.
When U.S. District Judge C. Lewis Kaplan questioned him about his name, Liby said he prefers Nazih Abdul Hamed al Ruqai and not the name he allegedly was known by in al-Qaida.
David Patton, his court-appointed lawyer, said in a statement that "the presumption of innocence is not a small technicality here." He said his client is mentioned only briefly in a 150-page indictment.
"There is no allegation that he had any connection to al Qaeda after 1994," Patton said.
Liby was arrested Oct. 5 by the Delta Force in Tripoli, Libya. The Justice Department's decision to try him in the civilian courts has reopened a debate about how accused terrorists should be treated.
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