Benghazi Suspect Freed for Lack of Evidence

He was one of a scant few arrested in the case

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 8, 2013 9:53 AM CST

(Newser) – Only two suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, and today one of them is a free man once more. A Tunisian court has "conditionally freed" 26-year-old suspect Ali Harzi, citing a lack of evidence, the AP reports. Harzi has been ordered to remain in the greater Tunis area. Authorities had said that Harzi was "strongly suspected" of being involved in the attack, charged him with "membership of a terrorist organization," and let the FBI question him for hours.

But the judge says authorities never had any real evidence, and said that with the release he was "correcting an irregular situation." Egypt has arrested one other man suspected of being a member of the same Jihadi group that hit the embassy, and killed another in a raid. But thanks to its feeble, newborn central government, Libya itself hasn't arrested anybody, not even this guy.

A Libyan man investigates the burned out US consulate in Benghazi in this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo.
A Libyan man investigates the burned out US consulate in Benghazi in this Sept. 13, 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)
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