Al Qaeda leader al-Libi was given political asylum in UK?

Last Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 10:18

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London: Abu Anas al-Libi, the al Qaeda leader who was captured by the US special forces in Libya, was given political asylum and allowed to live in Britain in 1995, reports said.

The US commandos in a Delta Force operation nabbed al-Libi from outside his house in Tripoli when he was parking his car.

On the run for 15 years, Abu Anas al-Libi was indicted in 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Al-Liby, who was born Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai had a bounty worth $5 million on his head and was on the FBI`s Most Wanted List.

The 49 year old man, who studied electronic and nuclear engineering at Tripoli University, was al Qaeda`s main computer expert.

Britain Home Secretary Theresa May is set to face questions relating to why a man `known to the security and intelligence agencies` was granted political asylum in UK.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said al-Libi`s case will be raised with the Home Secretary, when she appears before MPs tomorrow, reports said.

"We will question the Home Secretary about this," said Mr Vaz. "It is highly relevant to our work on asylum and we will want to examine very carefully whether the proper checks were made."

It is reported that al-Libi was detained by the police for questioning after the bombings but he was later released and he fled UK.

When his house in the city was finally raided by police, they discovered a 180-page al-Qaeda manual on methods of carrying out terror attacks and assassinations, reported the Daily Telegraph.

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First Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 - 10:18

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