Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Try Abu Khattala in Criminal Court

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Try Abu Khattala in Criminal Court

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U.S. special operations forces are said to have captured one of the ringleaders in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Abu Khattala is believed to be aboard a Navy vessel, en route to the United States, where he is likely being interrogated by intelligence operatives looking for actionable information and then by an FBI "clean team" seeking information admissible in court.

The Justice Department's intent is to try him in a U.S. civilian criminal court, probably the District of Columbia, which happens to have the nation's largest staff of experienced prosecutors. Failing that, the federal criminal court for the Southern District of New York would be a second choice since it is the U.S. court with the most experience in successfully trying terrorist cases.

Under no circumstances should Khattala be sent to Guantanamo Bay and the military tribunal system, as Sen. …

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