Abu Anas al Libi pleaded not guilty in federal court to participating in the organization of the bomb attacks committed in 1998 against the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

A defense attorney entered the plea on behalf of Al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul Hamed al Ruqai.

Al Libi was transported to New York last weekend after he was captured on Oct. 5 on Libyan soil in a U.S. special forces operation and then interrogated on board the Navy ship USS San Antonio.

The first appearance of the accused, a 49-year-old Libyan citizen, lasted just 10 minutes, during which the charges against him were read and he said that he had no way to pay for an attorney, whereupon a public defender was asigned to him.

Al Libi was handcuffed, dressed in a gray jersey and white pants and wearing a long beard. He appeared calm during the court session, during which he requested the help of a translator.

Federal prosecutors said they would not ask for the death penalty and Judge Lewis Kaplan set the next hearing in the case for Oct. 22.

The prosecution alleges that Al Libi took part in the organization of Al Qaeda's Aug. 7, 1998, bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks that killed 229 people. EFE