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Suspected ring leader in US Consulate attack in Benghazi faces US judge
One of the alleged masterminds in the 2012 deadly attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya faced a judge in Washington, DC Saturday afternoon.
Ahmed Abu Khattalah entered a not guilty plea to one charge of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to a terrorist organization.
He was represented by a Federal Public Defender and will appear in court again next week.
Security was tight, as Ahmed Abu Khattala, the leader of an Islamist terror group, made his initial appearance before a federal magistrate.
This brief process begins his criminal prosecution.
US Special forces captured Abu Khattala in Libya two weeks ago.
He was transferred to a US Navy ship and questioned about the storming of US facilities on September 11, 2012.
US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
Patricia Smith's son was among the dead.
She still has questions about what happened.
"I'm glad they got one of them. There are a whole bunch that set fire to the place", says Smith.
Senator Mitch McConnell says, "the most valuable information we can get from this terrorist is information about who else is involved in it. We'll be watching closely to see how much
Information they glean from him".
The Obama Administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have faced intense partisan criticism over how they reacted to the attack, and who's to blame for it.
"We want to know who was behind it, what the motivation of the leaders and the attackers happened to be. There are still some unanswered questions", said Clinton.
Abu Khattala admitted in an interview that he was present during the storming of the US Mission in Libya. He said he was not leading the attack, but trying to organize efforts to rescue trapped people.
His terror-related charges include killing a person during an attack on a federal facility, which is a crime that carries the death penalty.