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Bin Laden's son says sea burial demeans family

Monitoring service SITE says statement denounces killing of al Qaeda leader as 'criminal'

Bin Laden's son says sea burial demeans family
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Bin Laden's son says sea burial demeans family

A statement purporting to come from a son of Osama bin Laden denounced the al Qaeda leader's killing as "criminal" and said his burial at sea had humiliated the family, an online monitoring service said.

The statement, attributed to Omar bin Laden, bin Laden's fourth eldest son, said the al Qaeda chief's children reserved the right to take legal action in the United States and internationally to "determine the true fate of our vanished father", the SITE Intelligence Group said.

There was no independent confirmation of the authenticity of the letter, published on the website of Islamist ideologue Abu Walid al-Masri, although several specialists on militant propaganda said the text appeared genuine.

Omar bin Laden, who has been based in the Gulf in recent years, did not immediately respond to emailed and telephoned requests for comment.

The letter said, in part: "We hold the American President (Barack) Obama legally responsible to clarify the fate of our father, Osama bin Laden, for it is unacceptable, humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea in that way, which demeans and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims."

The letter said the US administration had offered no proof to back up its account of the mission. It alleged the goal of raid had been to kill and not arrest, adding that afterwards the American commandos had "rushed to dispose of the body".

Some Muslims have misgivings about how US forces killed bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan on May 2 and disposed of his body in the ocean.

Questions have multiplied since the White House said the al Qaeda leader was unarmed when US helicopter-borne commandos raided the villa where he was hiding in the city of Abbottabad.

Bin Laden's swift burial at sea, in what many Muslims say was a violation of Islamic custom, has also stirred anger.

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Billy 9 years ago

How dare this man even think about words such as "unacceptable, humanely and religiously" and even worse "demeans and humiliates his family". His father was a cold blooded, ruthless murderer who did not think twice about humiliating or demeaning his innocent victims. The world is well rid of this animal and it is time the people connected to him in any way realise that their criminal actions do not deserve clemency, leniency or anything else other than punishment. The final straw for me was the statement that his death " challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims." I think it is not his death that so challenges but rather his murdering activities and all Muslims around the world need to remember that.

Harry 9 years ago

Osama's killing is "criminal'...and what he did was legal.Osama is only used to taking lives. And the bodies are normally not found for humane burials, yet you cry for one.

Brian 9 years ago

Hilarious really

"We hold the American President (Barack) Obama legally responsible to clarify the fate of our father, Osama bin Laden, for it is unacceptable, humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea in that way, which demeans and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims."

“Humanely and religiously, to dispose of a person with such importance and status among his people, by throwing his body into the sea”??

Did Osama Bin Laden humanely and religiously, dispose of the people he murdered in the 9/11 and 7/7 attacks?

and humiliates his family and his supporters and which challenges religious provisions and feelings of hundreds of millions of Muslims." Hmm interesting how about the feelings of the thousands of families he shattered?

Kat 9 years ago

Isn't this the same son who married a woman more than 20 years older than him, and has been hawking his story around, while collaborating on a book about his hard childhood - oh please - just trying to grasp five minutes of fame

Basel A-Shaban 9 years ago

I am thinking that being responsible for the killing of thousands of innocent men, women and children is more humiliating (to say the least) than the act of sea burial. The family of UBL should consider the fact that many mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons lost their loved ones, orphaned or killed because of Usama Bin Laden; I have not heard the Bin Laden family denouncing Usama’s acts of mass killings and terror that their beloved son committed in the past 20 years. Sea burial is an acceptable form of burial in Islam. Muslim clergies did perform the Islamic burial ritual on UBL before his sea burial. Just a reminder, the remains of hundreds of UBL’s victims could not be found due to the fact that their bodies were ripped to pieces, burned beyond recognition or just vaporized, the families of these victims were unable to bury a body or even a part of the body, some buried a shoe that their loved one was wearing when he or she was murder.

tina meckle 9 years ago

Too bad for the bin laden family,as osama never gave us americans the chance to give our people proper burials.

Mick 9 years ago

Osama's burial at sea was far too kind. Good luck with the complaint, Omar. Did he even think before he gave that quote? Did he reflect on how much of a monster his father was?

Andy Roamal 9 years ago

Osama should have been buried at ground zero.

Omar 9 years ago

Human remains deserve respect however the individual lived his/her life and died. I hope that the Americans treated Osama's remains respectfully and as far as possible in accordance with Islamic custom.

As to the burial at sea I can understand the reason for the decision, as to have left the remains for a burial in Pakistan would have made more of a martyr of him to his followers, and I am sure would have resulted in a parade of the gruesome remains across the media and in public that would have inflamed feelings and resulted in violence and added hatred of the US and its policies. I am sure that should his family wished to have him buried at home in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government would have refused. All in all I think that the US took the best course of action.

Mohamed Ismail 9 years ago

America do not care about Muslims and their feelings. Mr. Sadam Hussain has been executed on Eid (if it was true)! If Osama was killed on May 1st 2011 ( i am not sure), and buried at sea, means, US wants to ignite Muslims anger and to watch! If what happened was true, the same thing will happened to people who did this.