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NY judge refuses to appoint lawyer for man charged in 1998 embassy bombings in Africa

A New York judge has declined to appoint an attorney for a man captured in Libya last weekend who is charged in the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa.

Federal Judge Lewis Kaplan on Friday rejected an application from the head of the Federal Defenders of New York to appoint an attorney for Abu Anas al-Libi (AH'-boo AH'-nahs ahl-LIH'-bee).

The judge says a lawyer can be appointed only after an arrested defendant arrives in New York and proves he cannot afford a lawyer.

The 49-year-old al-Libi was seized last Saturday and has been questioned aboard a U.S. Navy warship.

Kaplan says the government denies an official arrest has taken place.

Al-Libi is charged in Manhattan in bombings that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.