Omar bin Laden releases statement condemning his father’s killing, New York Times reports


One of Osama bin Laden's sons, Omar bin Laden, is seen in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2007. (Retuers)

“When Osama did not resist, why wasn’t he arrested?  After being killed, why didn’t the family get to identify him?  Why was he buried at sea when that is against their Islamic beliefs?”

The questions were posted by Jean Sasson, an American writer, on her blog on Tuesday. Sasson helped bin Laden’s son Omar bin Laden write the memoir, “Growing Up bin Laden.” He has publicly denounced his father’s terrorism, but is still seeking answers to the circumstances around his death.

Sasson provided a further statement to the New York Times from Omar bin Laden, that said, “We maintain that arbitrary killing is not a solution to political problems ... justice must be seen to be done.”

Omar bin Laden is the fourth son of Osama bin Laden. He reportedly broke with his father when Osama added his sons’ names to a list of suicide-bomber volunteers posted at a mosque. “My father hated his enemies more than he loved his sons,” he wrote in his memoir.

Even so, Sasson told the New York Times, Omar bin Laden is still grieving for the loss of a father.

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