Suspect in Benghazi Attacks Being Held in Libya

Thursday, 14 Mar 2013 04:54 PM

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A man once wanted by Libyan authorities who now is suspected of having a role in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed four Americans is being held in the country by authorities, according to news reports.

The man’s name, Faraj al-Shibli (also spelled Chalabi), was confirmed to CNN by two sources.

One source told CNN on Thursday that al-Shibli had been arrested within the past two days and had recently returned from Pakistan.

It is not known whether al-Shibli has been charged with the Benghazi attack, which killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, CNN reports.

According to CNN, al-Shibli comes from a town called Sidi Armouma al-Marj, about 50 miles from Benghazi, and is a member of the Libyan Islamist Fighting Group. The militant organization tried to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi in the mid-1990s.

In 2004, the Libyan government reported al-Shibli to the United Nations as on its “wanted” list and issued an Interpol “Red Notice” seeking his arrest, CNN reports.

In 1998, al-Shibli was named with two other Libyans as allegedly involved in the murder of a German counterintelligence official, Silvan Becker, and his wife, Vera, CNN reports.

They were killed in the Libyan town of Sirte in 1994.

Libyan authorities also issued an arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden in connection with the deaths, CNN reports.

But some analysts have since cast doubt on whether the Libyan Islamist Fighting Group carried out the attack on the German couple, CNN reports.

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