[“Benghazi attack suspect to face 3 criminal counts, could carry death penalty” – Fox News 6.17.14]
Fox News covers announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense regarding the capture and planned civilian prosecution of alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala. Khattala will be prosecuted in Washington, D.C., in connection with the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Khattala was charged with killing a person in the course of an attack on a federal facility involving the use of a firearm and dangerous weapon and attempting and conspiring to do the same, providing, attempting and conspiring to provide material support to terrorists resulting in death and discharging, brandishing, using, carrying and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
Khattala is the first suspected perpetrator of the Benghazi attacks to be taken into custody.
There has been controversy over why journalists were able to locate him soon after the attacks, while it has taken the Obama administration and federal agencies so long to do the same.
If convicted, Khattala could face the death penalty.
The capture marks the first time the United States has caught one of the suspects in the 2012 assault.
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The administration has faced sustained criticism from some in Congress and the families of the victims over the fact that no one had been brought to justice since that day in 2012.
Khattala, until this past weekend, had loomed as an almost taunting presence. A month after the attack, he admitted to Fox News that he was at the scene of the attack, though claimed he did not plan it. …
… Tuesday afternoon, State and Defense department officials were questioned repeatedly on why reporters were able to get in touch with Khattala after the attack but U.S. forces apparently were not.