Dozens of Suspects but No Arrests in Attack on Benghazi Consulate

By Youssef, Nancy A | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), November 14, 2012 | Go to article overview

Dozens of Suspects but No Arrests in Attack on Benghazi Consulate


Youssef, Nancy A, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


BENGHAZI, Libya -- Two months after the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed in assaults on U.S. facilities here, there have been no arrests of suspected attackers, and Libyan officials say it is unlikely any will be made anytime soon.

Libyan officials in Benghazi and in the country's capital, Tripoli, said the nation's police and court systems are so disorganized and powerless that there is virtually no investigation into the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate that left Ambassador Christopher Stevens and State Department computer expert Sean Stevens dead.

Two CIA security contractors, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, died in a separate attack hours later, when the CIA station in this city came under attack.

Benghazi officials said the first problem with pursuing those responsible for the attacks is that police officers here are afraid to move against the Islamist extremist suspects, who, like many in this country, are members of militias that are better armed than state security forces.

And that is just the beginning. Officials say it's uncertain who is in charge of investigating the case and who has the authority to issue arrest warrants, should it come to that. Even if charges were to be brought, there is no proper court system for prosecuting anyone.

In Benghazi, the deputy interior minister said the prosecutor is in charge. …

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