Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Was Bin Laden ever formally charged?

An America judge has dismissed all charges filed against bin Laden. The US prosecutors in New York had began prosecuting Bin Laden in June 1998.
This closes a 13-year court case against the mastermind of the September 11 attacks. US District Court judge Lewis Kaplan, presiding over the bin Laden case in Manhattan federal court, issued an order called “nolle prosequi,” (“do not prosecute”) a typical legal move on deceased subjects. The timing of the case could not have been better. The New York court order came a month and a half after US Seals killed bin Laden at his hideout in a compound in the Abbottabad, Pakistan.
In about 12 indictments, the prosecutors accused bin Laden of several actions against the
US. That included prompting Somali tribesmen to attack US military personnel in Mogadishu in 1993 and the 1998 car bomb attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.
Bin Laden was never formally charged with the Sept 11, 2001 attacks that killed almost 3,000 people and
put the US on a decade-long war footing with militants.
Judge Lewis Kaplan order was issued following a formal request by the US Justice Department to dismiss charges against bin Laden. The affidavit submitted was dated June 16. It said that bin Laden’s death was confirmed by DNA testing. According to the affidavit, one of bin Laden’s wives identified the corpse as her husband’s. The Justice Department’s request included an affidavit by a senior justice department official describing the May 1 military raid on bin Laden’s hideout.
It is an enigma that Bin Laden was never formally charged with the crime for which he was killed by the US Seals. He was not tried in absentia and convicted. There was never any court case against him for the attack in New York. He was not indicted, nor was he ever convicted of any crime. Strange but true!(Rupee News)


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