US diver hopes to find bin Laden
Los Angeles - A California diver and treasure hunter hopes to find evidence for the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by scanning the Arabian Sea with sonar.
"I am serious about this, I am not joking," Bill Warren, a 59-year-old professional diver from San Diego, said. "The main motivation is to try to see if my president was really telling the truth and if bin Laden is truly dead on the bottom of the ocean."
Bin Laden was killed in a US raid on his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan last month and was buried at sea by the US Navy. President Barack Obama decided not to release photographs of bin Laden's body or the burial.
Warren said he has conducted dives around the world in search of sunken ships and treasure over the past 35 years. He claimed he has already found three investors to finance the search, which he estimates would cost $400 000.
In a month, Warren hopes to begin his search from India with a camera team. A sonar instrument dragged behind the ship would be able to detect small objects at 3 000m below sea-level, he said.
If he were to uncover bin Laden's remains, Warren said he would take photographs and DNA samples.
The expedition would make for a "wonderful documentary", which he hopes to sell to television producers. "We don't know what we would do with the body," he said, noting that it is a "very sensitive" issue.