The inabsentia trial of the most wanted man on this Earth has recently concluded, with a jury finding Usama Bin Laden NOT GUILTY of masterminding, planning, financing and heading the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001.
The Dutch television show “Devil’s Advocate”, tried Usama Bin Laden in front of a jury, with Dutch Master of Law, Gerard Spong defending. Amongst the prosecutions star witnesses were American correspondent and expert Charles Groenhuijsen and terrorism expert Glenn Schoen.
The jury were instructed to decide if the acts of terror committed on 9/11 can be rightly attributed to Usama Bin Laden.
The three indictments read out in court were:
Indictment 1 – Usama Bin Laden gave the order for the attacks of September 11 2001.
Indictment 2 – Usama Bin Laden is the leader of Al-Qaeda.
Indictment 3 – Usama Bin Laden is a terrorist.
On the first indictment, the jury decided that too little hard, indisputable evidence had been produced to show that Usama Bin Laden was responsible for the September 11 attacks. NOT GUILTY
On the second indictment, the jury considered it a fact that Al-Qaeda exists, but whether Usama Bin Laden is the undisputed leader of the organisation is something the jury has doubts over. NOT GUILTY.
On the third indictment, the jury almost unanimously decided that Usama Bin Laden to be a terrorist. GUILTY.
Spong was able to convince the jury that bin Laden’s connection to Sept. 11 was a product of «Western propaganda.» The jury also ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove bin Laden was the real head of terrorist network al-Qaida. However, the jury did rule that bin Laden is a «terrorist who has misused Islam.»
Although this is only a television programme, it caused somewhat of an uproar when it was aired earlier this month in the Netherlands. I remember hearing Colin Powell saying “in the near future we will be able to put out a document that will describe quite clearly the evidence that we have linking Bin Laden to this attack.”