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Authorities Release Major Suspect Detained After Benghazi Attack

Jacob Freedman |
January 8, 2013 | 4:37 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Four were killed and 10 were injured in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack (Wikimedia Commons).
Four were killed and 10 were injured in the wake of the Sept. 11 attack (Wikimedia Commons).
Ali Harzi, one of the few people jailed after the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate last year, was released from jail by Tunisian authorities on Tuesday. According to Harzi's lawyer, the Tunisian citizen was released due to a lack of evidence. 

Harzi, 26, was detained in Turkey in October in connection to the Sept. 11 attacks on the United State Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. 

Harzi was interrogated by F.B.I. officials in December, and his release is a blow into the investigation after authorities earlier said that he was "strongly suspected" of being involved in the attack. 

                                                           SEE ALSO: Petraeus: Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack

The U.S. investigation blames the attack, which killed U.S. Diplomat to Libya Christopher Stevens as well as three other Americans, on groups ranging from those linked with terrorist organization Al Qaeda to local Libyan militia group Ansar al-Sharia. The investigation is still ongoing. 

Read more of the story at the New York Times.

Read more of Neon Tommy's coverage of the Benghazi Consulate attack here.

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