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Osama bin Laden's Sons Condemn U.S. for Unjust, 'Arbitrary' Assassination of Their Father

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One son was a vocal critic of his father's violent methods.

In a statement released to the New York Times, Osama bin Laden's older sons have come out blasting President Obama for the Osama bin Laden raid.

The New York Times reports:

The adult sons of Osama bin Laden have lashed out at President Obama over their father’s death, accusing the United States of violating its basic legal principles by killing an unarmed man, shooting his family members and disposing of his body in the sea.

The statement said the family was asking why the leader of Al Qaeda “was not arrested and tried in a court of law so that truth is revealed to the people of the world.” Citing the trials of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic, the statement questioned “the propriety of such assassination where not only international law has been blatantly violated,” but the principles of presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial were ignored.

“We maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems,” the statement said, adding that “justice must be seen to be done.”

According to the Times, the statement was prepared at the urging of Omar bin Laden, Osama's fourth-born son. Omar is not only in the business of denouncing "arbitrary" U.S. violence: he has repeatedly condemned his own father's violent methods:

“We want to remind the world that Omar bin Laden, the fourth-born son of our father, always disagreed with our father regarding any violence and always sent messages to our father, that he must change his ways and that no civilians should be attacked under any circumstances,” the statement said. “Despite the difficulty of publicly disagreeing with our father, he never hesitated to condemn any violent attacks made by anyone, and expressed sorrow for the victims of any and all attacks.”

Condemning the shooting of one of the Qaeda leader’s wives during the assault on May 2 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, the statement added: “As he condemned our father, we now condemn the president of the United States for ordering the execution of unarmed men and women.”

HT Mediaite.

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