Dec 23 2009
Eight years of uncertainty over the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden’s closest family members has been blown open by a relative’s admission.
One of the terror mastermind’s wives, six of his children and 11 of his grandchildren are living in a high-security compound outside Tehran. It exposes as false the repeated denials by the country’s government that members of the family were living in Iran.
Omar Ossama bin Laden, the fourth-eldest of Osama’s sons, claims he was unaware of his brothers and sisters’ location, or even whether they were still alive, until they phoned him in November. He told the Times that he wants the group to be allowed to leave Iran, claiming they are the ‘forgotten victims of 9/11’.
The 29-year-old said they told him they fled Afghanistan just before the September 11 attacks (Gee, I wonder why?) walking to the Iran border. They were then taken to the compound, where guards told them they could not leave ‘for their own safety’. Omar’s siblings Saad, Ossman, Muhammad, Fatma, Hamza, Iman and Bakr – aged between 20 and seven at the time – were among the group.
Mr bin Laden wants his family to be given permission to join his mother and other siblings in Syria or he and his wife in Qatar.’They are all innocent victims, just the same as anyone else hurt by the dreadful events of 9/11 and 7/7. (HAH!) UK DAILY MAIL