Obama hoped to try bin Laden, if caught

2012-10-03 22:23
This digitally enhanced image taken from the US Department of State's website, shows what Osama bin-Laden could look like today. (AP)

This digitally enhanced image taken from the US Department of State's website, shows what Osama bin-Laden could look like today. (AP)

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Washington - A new book says President Barack Obama hoped to put Osama bin Laden on trial if he had surrendered during a US raid.

In a book on the raid that killed bin Laden, author Mark Bowden quotes Obama as saying he thought he could make a strong political argument for giving bin Laden the full rights of a criminal defendant, to show US justice applies even to him.

In the book, purchased by The Associated Press, Bowden says Obama said he expected the terror leader to go down fighting.

The Finish is due out on 16 October.

Obama's remarks are the first time the president has discussed putting the terrorist on trial.

US officials have said the raiders were ordered to capture bin Laden if he surrendered, or kill if he threatened them.

- AP
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