U.S. Officially Drop All Charges Against Osama Bin Laden


bin-laden4A U.S. judge has dismissed all criminal charges against Osama bin Laden following the al Qaeda leader’s death in a military raid in Pakistan.

U.S. District Court judge Lewis Kaplan, who had been presiding over the bin Laden case in Manhattan federal court, issued an order called ‘nolle prosequi’, which means ‘do not prosecute’ in Latin, a typical legal move once a defendant is deceased.

It closed the case after 13 years.

Bin Laden was indicted back in 1998 in the Southern District of New York for his role in the al Qaeda attack on the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, which killed more than 200 people, including a dozen Americans.

The indictment was later revised to charge bin Laden in the dual bombings of two American embassies in East Africa that killed 224 on August 7, 1998, and in the suicide attack on the USS Cole in 2000. None of the charges involved the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The court filing included an affidavit by a senior U.S. Department of Justice official describing the U.S. military raid on bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May.

According to ABC, after reciting Bin Laden’s multiple aliases and then listing the counts against him for ten pages, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewin noted: ‘On or about May 1, 2011, while this case was still pending, defendant Usama Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the course of an operation conducted by the United States.’

Lewin then provides evidence that bin Laden was actually killed in the raid, including the confirmation of his identity by DNA analysis and facial recognition analysis, eyewitness confirmation by one of bin Laden’s wives, video of bin Laden found in the Abbottabad compound and the ‘significant quantity’ of other al Qaeda material seized by U.S. Navy Seals during last month’s raid.

The papers detail the CIA’s painstaking efforts to make sure the man killed May 2 during a Navy SEALs raid of his compound in Pakistan was indeed bin Laden.

The statement said: ‘The possibility of a mistaken identification is approximately one in 11.8 quadrillion.’

The document also makes a passing reference to a ‘significant quantity’ of terrorist network material recovered at the hideout, including ‘correspondence between Osama bin Laden and other senior al Qaeda leaders that concerns a range of al Qaeda issues’.

Also named as a defendant was Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian eye doctor and longtime bin Laden deputy who has become al Qaeda’s new leader.

The charges included conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals, conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction against U.S. nationals and conspiracy to damage and destroy U.S. property.

Around the time the charges were first filed, the CIA’s bin Laden unit was pursuing a plan to use Afghan operatives to capture bin Laden and hand him over for trial either in the United States or in an Arab country, according to the 9/11 Commission.

{Daily Mail/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. I don’t get it. Why not call him out for 9/11? I think this is a very confusing edict but if its the way of our righteous nation, let it be the way of our justices.
    Just a more detailed explaination would be intersting. I’d hate for the children of the future to argue now that Bin Laden had nothing to do with 9/11.

  2. All it means is that the U.S. doesn’t intend to prosecute him for his unspeakable crimes, because he’s dead. Not to worry, though, he’ll be paying for them l’olam va’ed.