AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
Published — Wednesday 10 July 2013
Last update 10 July 2013 3:29 am
ISLAMABAD: Osama Bin Laden lived undetected in Pakistan for nearly a decade due to failures and gross negligence by the authorities, according to a new report detailing how he was once stopped for speeding and wore a cowboy hat.
The leaked report from a Pakistani government-appointed commission reveals fascinating details about his life on the run and the US Navy SEALs raid that killed him on May 2, 2011.
The raid near a military academy in the town of Abbottabad was one of the most humiliating episodes in Pakistan’s history, exposing the country to allegations of collusion with Al-Qaeda.
The government appointed a judicial commission to investigate how Bin Laden hid for so long and how the US raid unfolded to fend off fears that a military investigation would not be independent.
The panel interviewed more than 200 people, including government ministers, intelligence chiefs and members of Bin Laden’s family.
But its findings were kept secret until the Al-Jazeera news network published a leaked copy of the report on Monday.
“Culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government can more or less be conclusively established by the testimonies of witnesses,” the report said.