UN rights chief wants `full disclosure` on Osama killing

Last Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 20:11

Oslo: UN human rights chief Navi Pillay on Thursday
called for "a full disclosure of the accurate facts" to
determine the legality of the killing of Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden.

"I`m still for a full disclosure of the accurate facts,"
Pillay told reporters in Oslo.

"I think it`s not just my office but anybody is entitled
to know exactly what happened," she added.

Pillay`s declarations come a day after US Attorney
General Eric Holder told a Senate hearing the raid during
which bin Laden was killed "was lawful and consistent with our
values."

"The United Nations condemns terrorism but it also has
basic rules of how counter-terrorism activity has to be
carried out. It has to be in compliance with international
law," she said.

"For instance, you`re not allowed (...) to commit torture
or extra-judicial killings," she explained.

The White House`s changing story over the attack has
raised doubts about US assurances that the US special
operations forces sent to bin Laden`s lair in the Pakistani
garrison town of Abbottabad were prepared to take him alive.

"If he had surrendered, I think -- attempted to surrender
-- I think we should, obviously, have accepted that," Holder
told the Senate committee.

Pillay said this week "the United States has clearly
stated that their intention was to arrest bin Laden if they
could, I fully understand that this was always likely to have
been difficult."

On Monday, the White House said bin Laden was armed when
he was shot dead in his comfortable compound not far from
Islamabad.

But a day later, White House spokesman Jay Carney
corrected that account, saying the terror chief was unarmed
when gunned down by an elite team of US Navy SEALs in what he
called a "highly volatile firefight."

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 20:11

More from zeenews

 
comments powered by Disqus