Osama bin Laden Pulled Over for Speeding in Pakistan While on the Run

Tuesday, 09 Jul 2013 04:45 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A Pakistani report on how Osama bin Laden managed to hide in the country revealed the “world’s most wanted man” was in a car stopped for speeding eight years ago, but the policeman failed to take action, The Telegraph reported.

The report was the result of Pakistan’s inquiry into bin Laden’s presence in that country, and the Telegraph reported that it delivered a “scathing verdict” on Pakistan’s attempts to catch the terrorist.

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A woman interviewed in the report said bin Laden was riding in a car after a trip to a local bazaar, and a policeman stopped the car for speeding. The woman said he “quickly settled the matter,” the Telegraph said, although it was unclear whether the policeman was paid off or simply didn’t notice bin Laden.

“Culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government can more or less be conclusively established,” the Telegraph quoted from the report, which was put together by the Abottabad Commission.

The report critiqued the military, pointing out that intelligence officials failed to detect either the CIA presence in Pakistan and failed to find bin Laden, as well as failing to see other events that occurred during the decade bin Laden lived in the country.

The BBC reported that the leaked report, which was requested by the Pakistan parliament, called bin Laden’s killing by the United States a “criminal act of murder.”

The 336-page document, which was apparently leaked to Al-Jazeera, found no evidence that the Pakistani government and military hid bin Laden on purpose, which some had alleged, the BBC said, though it could not settle the matter for sure.

The report was extremely critical of the Navy Seal raid that ended in bin Laden’s death, calling it an “American act of war” and Pakistan’s “greatest humiliation,” the BBC said. Officials were quoted in the report as saying they scrambled air force jets to attack the U.S. forces, but not quickly enough.

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