US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Monday that the capture of a suspected al-Qaeda leader in Libya last week was appropriate and legal, dpa reported.
The suspect, Abu Anas al-Liby, has been sought by the US since at least 2000, when he was indicted in connection with the bombings of its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
Libya has demanded an explanation for Saturday's operation, which it described as a "kidnapping."
"I hope the perception in the world is that people who commit acts of terror and who have been appropriately indicted by courts of law, by the legal process, will know that United States of America is going to do anything in its power that is legal and appropriate in order to enforce the law and to protect our security," Kerry said.
He said Al-Liby would have a chance to defend himself in court, and stressed that "it's important for people in the world not to sympathize with alleged terrorists."
The top US diplomat made the comments after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Bali, Indonesia.
Kerry, who is attending an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, said the US government regularly consulted the Libyan government about its operations.
He declined to elaborate on the communication.
The FBI had offered a bounty of up to 5 million dollars for information leading to Al-Liby's capture.
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