Bin Laden's sons: US violated international law

"Arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems," sons say in statement to "New York Times," sons also denounce violence, terror.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
May 11, 2011 11:08
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Omar Bin Laden, son of Osama bin Laden

Omar Bin Laden 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The killing of Osama bin Laden was an act that violated international law and did not serve the cause of justice, four of Osama bin Laden's sons have said in a statement provided to the The New York Times.

According to the Times report, published Tuesday, the statement's author is Omar bin Laden, 30, who lives in Afghanistan and Qatar, is the fourth-born son of Osama and has publicly renounced his father's acts of violence on several occasions. Jean Sasson, an author who knows the younger bin Laden personally and provided the Times with the statement, says she believes bin Laden's other three adult sons approved the document even though they do not appear as signatories. Osama bin Laden is believed to have had at least 11 sons and nine daughters.

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Omar bin Laden's statement recalls the capture and eventual trial of figures such as Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic. “We maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems,” the statement said. “Justice must be seen to be done.”

On Wednesday, the leader of al-Qaida in Yemen warned that jihad will intensify after Osama bin Laden was killed by US commandos, AFP reported. "Do not think of the battle superficially ... What is coming is greater and worse, and what is awaiting you is more intense and harmful," Nasir al-Wahishi reportedly said.

"The ember of jihad is brighter," Wahishi wrote on an Islamist website, reportedly adding that the US should not think that the "matter will be over" now that bin Laden is dead.

"We promise Allah that we will remain firm in the covenant and that we will continue the march, and that the death of the sheikh will only increase our persistence to fight the Jews and the Americans in order to take revenge," Wahishi said in his eulogy for bin Laden.

He added that bin Laden was killed "while his hand was on teh trigger, fighting the enemies of Allah without tiring or surrendering," AFP reported.

"Let the enemies of Allah know that we are determined to take revenge," Wahishi said.

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