Khattala supervised action at Benghazi, government claims

July 02, 2014 / Written By Fox News

WASHINGTON –  In the days before the Benghazi attacks, the Libyan militant now in U.S. custody voiced concern and opposition to the presence of an American compound in Benghazi, the government said Tuesday in a court filing.
 
Ahmed Abu Khattala was motivated to participate in the violence by his extremist ideology, according to a court filing by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
 
On Wednesday, Khattala is to appear at a detention hearing before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in U.S. District Court.
 
In court papers, prosecutors spelled out why Khattala should remain in detention.
 
After U.S personnel evacuated the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, Khattala entered the compound and supervised the exploitation of material at the scene, the government said.
 
Khattala then returned to a camp in Benghazi controlled by Ansar al-Shariah, where a large armed group began assembling for an attack on the compound's annex, according to the court papers.

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