Boston: Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden's
death will be a difficult time for members of his family, who even though had distanced themselves from the terrorist after 9/11, still considered him as their "brother," a relative of
bin Laden's has said.
"My understanding of the Saudi society is I'm sure
they (bin Laden's family) are mourning because for them he is
their brother. It is my perception and I'm sure that it must
be difficult time for them. They consider him as their
brother," bin Laden's former sister-in-law Carmen Binladin
Binladin, who spells her surname differently than
Osama, said after 9/11, the family had realised the harm bin
Laden had done and they had to distance themselves from him
but "blood is thicker than anything and they still consider
him as part of the family and part of the bin Ladens."
"They are very close knit, emotionally together."
Hearing of bin Laden's death brought back memories of
the 9/11 attack for the Swiss-born Binladin, who said the
families of the victims "could at last have a sense of
justice... It is a relief to be able to know that they will
have some kind of closure."
She said she remembers bin Laden as a "very religious
man. When I was living in Saudi Arabia, he had started going
to Afghanistan against the Soviets. I knew he was very
religious but at that time in the early 1980s I never thought
that he would come and take so many innocent lives."
She had "realised very early on" that there was no
escape from the bin Laden name either for her or for her
daughter, she added.
She said changing her name would not have gone down
well with the people who would have said "Oh they were bin
Laden, they changed the name."
"It has been quite difficult to carry that name. I
thought it would be much better to explain what our true
feelings and values are."
She said she was grateful to the American people for
understanding her situation and for being supportive of her
and her daughter "despite all of their suffering."
First Published: Tuesday, May 03, 2011, 12:34