UN removes Osama bin Laden from sanctions list

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United Nations (UN) has finally removed Osama bin Laden from the list of Al-Qaeda members subject to UN sanctions, nearly two years after he was killed by United States (US) commandos in Pakistan.

The UN Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against the terrorist group approved the deletion on Feb 21, according to their website.

The Al-Qaeda leader was accused of masterminding the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US.

The sanctions committee said the asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo no longer apply to Osama.

But it said member states requesting to unfreeze his assets must provide assurances to the committee that the funds will not be transferred to any other individual or group on the UN sanctions list.

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