According to Egyptian lawyer Muntasar Al-Zayat, Osama bin Laden was a martyr who was innocent of mass murders committed by al Qaeda in Iraq and other Arab countries. The people of Baqubah in Diyala province, Iraq, among others would beg to disagree.
Anyway, here’s counselor al-Zayat:
The transcript, via MemriTV:
Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian lawyer Muntasar Al-Zayat, which aired on Faraeen TV on May 23, 3011:
Muntasar Al-Zayat: The Americans are the ones who killed Bin Laden. They killed him and, therefore, he is a martyr. He is considered a martyr because he was fighting for a cause: first, the liberation of the Hejaz from the Americans, and then the liberation of Iraq from the Americans, and the liberation of Afghanistan from the foreign invasion.
Interviewer: What about the terrorist operations carried out by Al-Qaeda, which left behind rivers of blood in Islamic countries? Who bears the responsibility for this?
Muntasar Al-Zayat: I say that Bin Laden, Allah’s mercy upon him, is innocent of those operations. Sheik Osama Bin Laden had positions with which I disagreed, but this did not prevent me from respecting and appreciating him.
I support any operation of resistance that targets American soldiers anywhere in the world.