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UN expert asks US to disclose bin Laden raid facts

Pakistani media personnel and local residents gather outside the hideout of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden following his death by US Special Forces in a ground operation in Abbottabad on May 3, 2011. – AFP

GENEVA: The UN's independent investigator on extrajudicial killings has called on the United States to reveal more details of the raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan hideaway to allow experts to assess the legality of his killing.

South African law professor Christof Heyns said in a statement Friday that Washington "should disclose the supporting facts to allow an assessment in terms of international human rights law standards."

Heyns says "it will be particularly important to know if the planning of the mission allowed an effort to capture Bin Laden."

His statement echoed similar appeals from other UN officials, human rights groups and the International Committee of the Red Cross.

US officials say the raid is legal under US and international law.


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