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Captured Libyan pleads not guilty to terrorism charges

NEW YORK (AP) - A Libyan charged in the deadly 1998 al-Qaida bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa has pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in New York.

Abu Anas al-Libi entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan.

Al-Libi, who has a thick gray beard, kept his hands folded on his lap as the judge read the charges.

The 49-year-old al-Libi was captured during an Oct. 5 military raid in Libya.

He was interrogated aboard a U.S. Navy warship for a week before he was brought to New York on Saturday. He is charged in Manhattan in bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

Al-Libi's prosecution in the United States continues a policy of bringing suspected al-Qaida sympathizers and operatives to civilian courts rather than military tribunals.

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