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article imageOsama bin Laden's sons seek evidence of their father's death

By Michael Krebs     May 11, 2011 in World
In a joint open letter published in the New York Times on Tuesday, Osama bin Laden's sons seek proof confirming their father's death and protest the nature of his killing.
The sons of Osama bin Laden are uncertain their father is dead, and they do not believe his killing, if true, was handled properly.
Osama bin Laden's sons, in an open letter published in the New York Times on Tuesday, joined a growing chorus of critics demanding proof of the Al Qaeda chief's death.
"I Omar Ossama Binladin and my brothers the lawful children and heirs of the Ossama Binladin (OBL) have noted wide coverage of the news of the death of our father, but we are not convinced on the available evidence in the absence of dead body, photographs, and video evidence that our natural father is dead," the statement begins. "Therefore, with this press statement, we seek such conclusive evidence to believe the stories published in relation to 2 May 2011 operation Geronimo as declared by the President of United States Barrack Hussein Obama in his speech that he authorized the said operation and killing of OBL and later confirmed his death."
Osama bin Laden was reported to have been killed in a stealthy helicopter raid on his compound just north of Islamabad, Pakistan's capitol.
Under pressure from congressional lawmakers to demonstrate evidence of the terrorist mastermind's death, the CIA has agreed to show photographs to a select group of legislators, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.
The Obama administration has experienced an up-swell of requests to release the graphic pictures, with concerned Americans citing the Freedom of Information Act to support their argument.
But Osama bin Laden's sons are also concerned about the manner in which their father was killed, saying their father should have been arrested and granted a court appearance.
"If OBL has been killed in that operation as President of United States has claimed then we are just in questioning as per media reports that why an unarmed man was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world," the statement continued. "If he has been summarily executed then, we question the propriety of such assassination where not only international law has been blatantly violated but USA has set a very different example whereby right to have a fair trial, and presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court of law has been sacrificed on which western society is built and is standing when a trial of OBL was possible for any wrongdoing as that of Iraqi President Sadam Hussein and Serbian President Slobodan MiloŇ°evic'. We maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems and crime's adjudication as Justice must be seen to be done."
The White House has said that it will not release the photographs, citing concerns of global sensitivities. It is unclear if the current round of pressure will force the Obama administration to change course.
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