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TODAY   |  October 15, 2013

Outrage after al-Qaeda suspect gets judicial rights

A key al-Qaeda planner indicted for bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzaniahas been brought to American soil for medical treatment, sparking outrage by some who say he should have been sent to Guantanamo Bay. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

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>>> of the world's most wanted al qaeda leaders is expected to appear in court today one week after his capture in libya and the decision to bring him to new york is a controversial one. richard engle has more on that. good morning to you.

>> reporter: good morning, savannah. it has been a long road to get here for abu anas al libi . much of what he told his interrogators will not be admissible in court but u.s. officials believe they have a strong case against him for allegedly planning the 1998 bombings of u.s. embassies in east africa . he allegedly has the blood of more than 200 people on his hands. a key al qaeda planner, u.s. officials say, indicted for the bombings of american embassies in kenya and tanzania 15 years ago. this is his only confirmed photograph, a passport snap of abu anas al libi . one of al qaeda 's founders, a freeman until two weekends ago when he was ambushed by u.s. special ops in libya and whisked to a u.s. warship in mediterranean. without miranda rights he's been held and questioned until a pre-existing medical condition . his family says it's a severe case of hepatitis, lead his captors to transfer him to u.s. soil. in new york al libi has rights including the right to remain congress. some members of congress say he should have been shipped to guantanamo bay , an off site prison where he could have been interrogated more fully.

>> we should have been able to keep him as long as we had to to get that intelligence. because he's on the american mainland it has to stop.

>> reporter: but now he is here. al libi , one of the most senior al qaeda members ever brought to u.s. soil. a defendant 15 years in the making. of the 21 men indicted for the 1998 embassy bombings, only three remain at large.

>> richard engle at federal court in manhattan, thank you very