The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced yesterday that it has added anti-abortion fugitive James Kopp and Islamic militant Osama bin Laden to its "Top Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list.
Kopp is accused of murdering abortion provider Barnett Slepian in his Amherst, NY home. Kopp is also wanted for questioning in four shootings of abortion providers known as the "Remembrance Day" shootings, but officials say they don't have sufficient evidence to charge him in those crimes, which took place in Canada and near Rochester, NY.
Saudi-born bin Laden has been indicted in the U.S. for masterminding the August 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed more than 200 people. The U.S. has offered a $5 million reward for his capture.
Afghanistan's Taliban repressive, fundamentalist regime has harbored bin Laden from prosecution since the bombings. Although many believe he is still living in a remote, mountainous area of Afghanistan, Taliban officials now claim ignorance of his whereabouts. Others believe that he may be traveling to Somalia, Chechnya, or Iraq -- countries where he is likely to find many who share his anti-U.S. sentiments
Agence France Press reported last August that Taliban acting Foreign Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan had asserted that the Taliban would never release bin Laden to the U.S. or any other nation for questioning because doing to would violate Afghan "tradition, hospitality and Islamic rules." Hassan added that bin Laden's guilt or innocence would be decided "under the heavenly law of Islam."
Media Resources: Reuters and AP- June 8, 1999 and AFP - August 20, 1998
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