During a brief courtroom appearance, Libyan militant Ahmed Abu Khatallah pleaded not guilty Saturday to a one-count indictment over his alleged role in the 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi.
The charge carries a maximum punishment of life in prison, but Assistant U.S. Atty. for the District of Columbia Michael DiLorenzo told the court that additional charges were expected to be filed.
The government’s three-count criminal complaint against Khattalah, unsealed upon his capture, includes one count of causing the death of an American in a federal building, which carries the death penalty.
The charge filed Saturday was for conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists.
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