Bin Laden threatens Americans over US execution

Osama bin Laden threatened to kill any Americans that al-Qaeda takes prisoner if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is executed.

Bin Laden threatens Americans over US execution

Osama bin Laden has in a new audio recording threatened to kill any Americans that al-Qaeda takes prisoner if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, considered as one of the planners behind the September 11 attacks, is executed, according to an audiotape aired on al Jazeera on Thursday.

"This message is about our prisoners who you are holding," bin Laden said in the tape.

He warned US President Barack Obama was "still walking in the footsteps" of his predecessor, George W. Bush, by escalating the war in Afghanistan.

"The White House has expressed its desire to execute him. When America makes this decision, it will have made a decision to execute whoever of you is held prisoner by us," bin Laden said in the recording.

Bin Laden also condemned Obama for "oppressing our prisoners that you are holding, beginning with the mujahid (holy warrior) hero Khaled al-Sheikh Mohammed."

US politicians, he added in the audiotape, had "oppressed us and still do, especially by backing Israel, which occupies the land of Palestine," said he.

"Trial"


Mohammed and four other people allegedly involved in the 9/11 attacks are due to go on trial in the US, where prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty.

Mohammed was captured in 2003 by Pakistani troops and sent to the US prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2006, where he was expected to undergo a military trial.

But last November, Eric Holder, the US attorney-general, said that he would try Mohammed in a New York civilian court.

The US government is currently deciding whether to overturn that decision following opposition from Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and legislators in Washington.

US officials have said that presidential advisers are nearing a recommendation that Mohammed, along with four others, be tried in a military tribunal.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Mart 2010, 17:03

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