Charges dropped against Osama bin Laden

ABC News reported:

Osama bin Laden is in the clear. Federal prosecutors
have elected to drop hundreds of criminal charges
against the al Qaeda leader and architect of the 9/11
terror attacks because he will be unable to appear in
court to answer them.

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. Several superseding indictments in the
same federal jurisdiction piled on more charges.

On Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewin
presented a formal recommendation to U.S. Attorney
Preet Bharara that Bin Laden not be prosecuted on any
of the charges, given that he is dead.

After reciting Bin Laden’s multiple aliases and then
listing the counts against him for ten pages, Lewin
notes, “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.

He also notes that “al Qaeda has itself publicly
acknowledged the death of BIN LADEN. Among other
pronouncements, a recently released video depicts
senior al Qaeda leader and co-defendant Ayman al
Zawahiri acknowledging bin Laden’s death.”

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