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Top Dem: Al Qaeda leader will be treated like anyone else

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"He is in our custody and he will be treated like anyone else," Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, said during an interview on CNN.

U.S. Special Forces captured Anas al-Liby on Saturday during an American-led counterterrorism operation, according to the Pentagon.

"On Oct.5, the Department of Defense, acting under military authorities, conducted an operation to apprehend longtime Al Qaeda member Abu Anas al Libi in Libya," Pentagon spokesman George Little said Sunday.

Al-Liby, who was on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list, was indicted in absentia by a federal court in the southern district of New York for his alleged involvement in the bombings of the United States embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya, in 1998.

Recent reports citing administration sources say the White House has already decided to try al-Liby on those charges before a civilian court, and not the military tribunal in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

On Monday, Ruppersberger declined to comment on whether he should be remanded to Guantánamo.

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