A man snatched from Libya by US special forces ten days ago has appeared handcuffed in court in New York, denying charges of involvement in a 1998 US embassy bombing in Kenya in which 200 died.
Nazih al-Ragye, better known as Abu Anas al-Liby was grabbed in Tripoli by a US special forces squad which took him to a US Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea for interrogation.
Agents abandoned questioning after his health deteriorated and he stopped eating and drinking, a U.S.official said. His wife has said in media interviews that he suffers from hepatitis C.
Charges he faces include conspiring to kill US nationals.
Mr Al-Liby (49) spoke briefly to say he understood the proceedings but could not afford a lawyer.
A green Koran was on the table in front of him.
US agents say Mr Al-Liby was observed around 1993 taking pictures of buildings near the US Embassy in Nairobi.
A temporary defence lawyer said after the hearing there was nothing to connect the accused with Al Qaeda after 1994 and that the presumption of innocence remains.
Federal-appointed lawyer David Patton who is acting for the accused said that Mr Al-Liby is mentioned "in a mere three paragraphs" of a 150-page indictment "relating to conduct in 1993 and 1994 and nothing since".
"The presumption of innocence is not a small technicality here," he added.
Agents say the accused gave photographs he took near the US embassy in Nairobi to a militant who eventually became a US government informant and witness, according to testimony given at the trial of embassy bombing conspirators in 2001.
He also discussed a possible attack on the embassy with other al-Qaeda members, according to an indictment.
Court records allege Mr al-Liby attended al Qaeda training in the early 1990s in camps and safe houses along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and was alleged to have become one of the top computer experts and trainers for the group.
The FBI had offered a $5m reward for help in capturing him
He was indicted in 2000 along with 20 other al-Qaeda suspects, including Osama bin Laden and current global leader of the militant network, Ayman al-Zawahri.
The operation which captured him has drawn an angry reaction in Libya from militants as well as official government complaints.
Judge Kaplan set a date of 22 Oct to appoint a permanent lawyer to represent the defence.