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US will not seek death penalty against Benghazi suspect

Published 11/05/2016

Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted US consulate in Benghazi (AP/Ibrahim Alaguri)
Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted US consulate in Benghazi (AP/Ibrahim Alaguri)

The US Justice Department says it will not seek the death penalty against the suspected Libyan militant charged in the Benghazi attacks that killed a US ambassador and three other Americans.

Federal officials announced their decision on Tuesday in the case of Ahmed Abu Khattala.

His lawyers had implored the Justice Department to remove the death penalty as a possibility if Khattala is ultimately convicted at trial.

Khattala was captured by US special forces in Libya two years ago and brought to the US aboard a Navy ship.

He has been awaiting trial in federal court in Washington in connection with the September 2012 attacks on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi.

Prosecutors have described him as a ringleader of the attacks, which quickly emerged as a divisive US political flashpoint.

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