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Blunt-McCaskill split on how to try terrorism suspect

Missouri’s two senators disagree on where to try Ahmed Abu Khattala who was captured this weekend for the 2012 murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, said the first step is to glean as much information from Abu Khattala as possible.

But he should not be tried in this country.

“This suspect is an enemy combatant, and trying him in the United States as if he had the protective rights of an American citizen would be a mistake,” Blunt said in a statement.

“The effort that went into capturing this suspect is a great example of what American forces can do when they’re allowed to do their job.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch pointed out that Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat and a former Jackson County prosecutor, takes a different view.

Go ahead and try him here, she said. The senator said the U.S. court system will be “fair” and “thorough.

“I expect him to stand trial and spend hopefully the rest of his life in prison,” she told reporters.

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