A Washington, DC, court has initiated the trial of Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan national who US authorities allege orchestrated the lethal attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2011.
The trial, expected to last five weeks, kicked off on Monday with Khattala’s attorney denying that his client was guilty of all charges alleged by US prosecutors.
Khattala, 46, faces 18 counts of criminal wrongdoing, including murder. The September 11, 2012, attack in question led to the deaths of US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, State Department official Sean Smith and two former US Navy SEALs working as security officers at a CIA compound near the US embassy in Benghazi: Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. Read more here.