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Judge hears arguments to dismiss Benghazi prosecution

US judge hears arguments on whether to dismiss criminal charges in Benghazi prosecution

Judge hears arguments to dismiss Benghazi prosecution

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A judge has heard arguments on whether to dismiss charges against a Libyan man accused in the 2012 deadly attacks at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Ahmed Abu Khattala appeared in court Friday for the most significant court hearing since his June 2014 capture by U.S. special forces.

The September 2012 attacks at the compound in Libya killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to appear next week before a House select committee investigating the violence.

Khattala's lawyers urged U.S. District Judge Casey Cooper to dismiss the charges. They argued that a charge of providing material support to terrorists is unconstitutionally vague, and that some of the lesser counts against him were designed for domestic, not international, crime.


Updated : 2021-09-18 10:56 GMT+08:00