Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON - Abu Anas al-Libi, the al-Qaeda leader captured earlier this month in Libya, has been transferred to federal custody in New York, U.S. officials said Monday.
New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said al-Libi, indicted more than decade ago by U.S. authorities in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy attacks in Kenya and Tanzania, is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday after being detained and interrogated on a U.S. warship.
A computer operations expert and core member of the terrorist organization, al-Libi was captured in a U.S. raid in Libya and had been held on the USS San Antonio.
A federal law enforcement official said the timing of al-Libi's transfer was related, at least in part, to an undisclosed medical condition. The official who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the condition was "pre-existing.''
Until his Oct. 5 capture, al-Libi occupied a spot on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists.
Al-Libi would be the latest in a string of defendants to face civilian trials under President Obama. Early in his term, Obama was criticized for planning to prosecute admitted Sept. 11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York.
Since then, however, the city has hosted the trial of Ahmed Ghailani, who received a life sentence on a terrorism charge in 2011.