Washington has once again defended the abduction of a man in Libya by US military forces, saying the abduction was in compliance with “international law.”
On October 5, US Special Forces kidnapped Abu Anas al-Libi on the streets of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, in broad daylight over his alleged involvement in the 1998 twin bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Wednesday that the administration of President Barack Obama acted in compliance with “the international laws of war”.
Al-Libi is believed to be held in military custody and interrogated on board a navy ship, the USS Antonio, in the Mediterranean. Officials say al-Libi is facing open-ended interrogation on the ship without access to a lawyer.
On Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry also defended al-Libi’s abduction as “legal” and “appropriate.”
In a phone interview with Press TV on Wednesday, Abayomi Azikiwe, an American analyst and editor of Pan-African News Wire, described the abduction of al-Libi as an act of “terrorism.”
He said: “It’s an effort on the part of the Obama administration to make it appear as if it’s waging unrelenting battle on so-called terrorism and yet it is terrorism to go into the country of another nation and take people into detention and not provide any explanation.”