Prosecutors are urging jurors to convict a man they say masterminded the 2012 attacks on US compounds in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
In closing arguments on Thursday, Assistant US Attorney Michael C. DiLorenzo described Ahmed Abu Khattala as a terrorist bent on killing as many Americans as he could.
Khattala is charged with crimes including murder of an internationally protected person, providing material support to terrorists and destroying US property while causing death. His attorneys have tried to depict him as a “Libyan patriot” who believed he was attending a protest at the compound.
But DiLorenzo called him the “on-scene commander” of the carnage who had been planning the attack for at least a year.
U.S. captures Benghazi attack suspectThe U.S. says it has captured a suspected ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya Middle East
Benghazi attack suspect on fresh list of chargesKhatallah was indicted June 26 on the charge of conspiracy to provide material support and resources to terrorists Middle East
Libyan suspect in Benghazi attack pleads not guiltyIn a 10-minute hearing held amid tight security, Ahmed Abu Khattala spoke just two words, both in Arabic Middle East
Alleged Benghazi attacker appears before US judgeA Libyan accused of involvement in the 2012 attack on the US diplomatic complex in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the US ambassador, ... North Africa