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Judge grants adjournment of trial of two alleged al-Qaida operatives

Anas al-Liby, an alleged al-Qaida leader who authorities

Anas al-Liby, an alleged al-Qaida leader who authorities have connected to the 1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa, has been under federal indictment in New York for more than a decade. Photo Credit: AP

A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday granted a two month adjournment of the start of the trial of two alleged al-Qaida operatives accused of being part of the conspiracy to bomb two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said the trial of Anas al-Liby and Khalid al-Fawwaz, scheduled to begin Nov. 4, will be postponed until Jan. 12.

Kaplan said the postponement would give defense lawyers more time to solve technical problems downloading files from old computer hard drives and to pursue evidence from authorities in Britain.

The 1998 bombings of embassies in Kenya and Tanzania took 224 lives. Al-Liby, captured in Libya this year, is charged with aiding in surveillance. Al Fawwaz, who was extradited from the United Kingdom, is accused of helping publicize fatwas from Osama bin Laden.

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