Attorney for Libyan Terror Suspect Will Not Say Who Is Paying Him

Libyan government footing legal tab, Fox News reports


The Libyan government is apparently providing legal representation for the Libyan terror suspect Abu Anas Al Liby who was detained in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, Fox News reports.

Attorney Bernard Kleiman, whose clients have included mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing Ramzi Yousef, would not comment on who is paying for his services yesterday in New York:

Al Liby, also known as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, was indicted more than a decade ago in the twin 1998 bombings at the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans. He was brought to the United States last week and pleaded not guilty while being represented by two federal defenders.

Kleinman — whose clients have included Ramzi Yousef, the convicted mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and another man detained at Guantanamo — said he had been retained privately to represent Al Liby. The 49-year-old defendant confirmed in court through an Arabic interpreter that he wants Kleinman as his lawyer.

Kleinman declined to discuss how he was being paid following the hearing.

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