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    Bin Laden Burial Followed Islamic Law

    This April 1998 file photo shows Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Federal authorities dropped terrorism charges against bin Laden in court papers filed Friday, June 17, 2011, formally ending a case against the slain al-Qaida leader that began with hopes of seeing him brought to justice in a civilian court. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan approved a request made by federal prosecutors to dismiss the charges — a procedural move that's routine when defendants under indictment die.

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    Newly released military emails confirm that Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea followed traditional Islamic procedures, but it was witnessed by very few. One email said, “Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed ... The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker.” One email suggested that hardly anyone aboard the ship knew of the event that was taking place. It said, “Only a small group of the leadership was informed—less than a dozen. The Department of Defense released 10 redacted emails in response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

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