May 5, 2011
The criminal case against Osama bin Laden, which has rumbled through the New York courts for the past 13 years in his absence, is set to be closed following his assassination.
Prosecutors representing the US government are expected to file papers this week asking a judge to dismiss the case against bin Laden, the late leader of al-Qaeda, due to the death of the main defendant.
The first indictment against bin Laden was filed in secret at a federal-district court in Manhattan on June 10, 1998, before most of his most renowned acts of terrorism.
It was eight pages long, and stated that the then-41-year-old should be convicted of conspiring to attack United States defence installations throughout the 1990s.
This article was posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 3:37 am