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Bin Laden's son asked US for death certificate: WikiLeaks

A son of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden asked the United States for a death certificate after US Navy SEALS killed him

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Updated:June 20, 2015, 8:12 AM IST
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Bin Laden's son asked US for death certificate: WikiLeaks
A son of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden asked the United States for a death certificate after US Navy SEALS killed him

Riyadh: A son of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin

Laden asked the United States for a death certificate after US

Navy SEALS killed him, said a letter released by WikiLeaks.

The letter, stating it is from the US embassy in Riyadh,

is among about 70,000 documents dubbed "The Saudi Cables" the

whistleblower website published.

They are among more than half a million cables and other

documents from the Saudi foreign ministry and other

institutions in the kingdom which WikiLeaks says it will

release over the coming weeks.

The letter is signed by Glen Keiser, the US consul general

in Riyadh and addressed to Abdullah bin Laden on September 9,

2011, about four months after a US raid killed his father in

Pakistan after a decade-long manhunt.

"I have received your request for a death certificate for

your father, Usama bin Laden," Keiser wrote.

Legal experts in the State Department advised that no such

document was issued, he said.

"This is consistent with regular practice for individuals

killed in the course of military operations."

Instead, Keiser provided Abdullah bin Laden with US court

records in which officials confirmed his father's death and,

as a result, dropped a criminal case against him.

"I hope that these US government documents are of

assistance to you and your family," Keiser said.

The bin Ladens are a prominent Saudi business family. The

kingdom stripped Osama bin Laden of citizenship in 1994.

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