While President Barack Obama and his administration celebrated the capture of one of the Muslim terrorists responsible for the Benghazi terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission and its staff, The Libyan government on Wednesday described the arrest of terrorist group Ansar al Sharia's Ahmed Abu Khatallah as an international violation of Libya's sovereignty. The Libyan leaders are also demanding that President Obama returns the suspected terrorist.
The Libyan government condemned the United States even though Khatallah is suspected of masterminding the deadly raid in Benghazi that killed four Americans including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
Even more surprising is Justice Minister Saleh al-Marghani demanding that Ahmed Abu Khatallah be given back to the Libyan government in order to face Libyan justice.
Al-Marghani remarks came on Wednesday in response to President Obama boasting about the capture of Khatallah in what he claiimed was a covert operation pulled off by military special forces and the FBI over the weekend, according to an Examiner report.
"Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans," Obama said on Tuesday during his televised announcement.
The Libyan officials are denying claims by the Obama White House that they or their police and military had prior knowledge of the U.S. covert action to capture of Khatallah.
Following the news that U.S. special forces and the FBI captured the suspected ringleader of the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said the suspect should not be brought to the U.S. mainland but should be sent to the Guantanamo Bay military detention center.