Lawyer: Terror-case client is 'terminally ill'

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lawyer says the government is rushing to bring to trial a terminally ill Libyan man it says helped orchestrate the 1998 deadly bombings of two U.S. embassies.

Attorney Bernard Kleinman filed papers Thursday in Manhattan federal court objecting to the government's handling of Abu Anas al-Libi's case.

He says the government is rushing al-Libi's trial by opposing its severance from a co-defendant's trial. He says the approach is odd since the government also is suggesting Kleinman could be disqualified depending on how it is determined he is being paid.

Kleinman says his client should be at any hearing stemming from the dispute. Al-Libi is charged in attacks that killed 240 people, including a dozen Americans.

Prosecutors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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