Beghazi Attack Terrorist Makes First Court Appearance
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Ahmed Abu Khatallah, aka Ahmed Mukatallah, made his first appearance today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on a federal terrorism offense arising from his alleged participation in the Sept. 11 through 12, 2012, terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
Khatallah was indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists, knowing and intending that these would be used in preparation for and in carrying out a killing in the course of an attack on a federal facility, and the offense resulted in death.
The investigation is ongoing and the Justice Department can bring additional charges as the case continues.
Various reports, including ones from Fox News claim that Khatallah is not only a low hanging fruit, but that other more important suspects have been identified, but the administration has failed to take action, for unknown issues. Some speculate that bringing the more important terrorist may further embarrass the Obama administration, something the State Department spokesperson categorically denies.
Khatallah, a Libyan national approximately 43 years of age, was taken into custody earlier this month. He initially was charged in a criminal complaint that was filed under seal on July 15, 2013, and that became public on June 17, 2014. The Justice Department secured the defendant’s initial indictment on June 26, 2014, and the charging document was unsealed today.
The case is being investigated by the FBI New York Office's Joint Terrorism Task Force with assistance from various other government agencies. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.