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Iran says it held son { November 4 2002 }

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Iran Says It Held Son of Bin Laden

Reuters
Monday, November 4, 2002; Page A13

TEHRAN, Nov. 3 -- Iran said today it had arrested and deported one of Osama bin Laden's sons who entered the country illegally two months ago.

"He was one of 20 people who were arrested and immediately expelled from Iran around two months ago," government spokesman Abdollah Ramazanzadeh said.

"When we arrested those people who illegally entered Iran from our eastern borders, we did not know bin Laden's son was one of them, because they had no identification cards," he said.

A source close to the government said those arrested had been expelled to Pakistan. Iranian officials did not disclose which of bin Laden's more than 20 sons had been arrested.

U.S. investigators are searching for one son in particular, Saad bin Laden, who is believed to be active in al Qaeda's reconstituted leadership structure. A U.S. intelligence official in Washington said the United States had no information to indicate that Pakistan had Saad bin Laden or any of the other sons in custody. "We don't have anything to substantiate that Pakistan holds any adult children of bin Laden," the official said on condition of anonymity.



2002 The Washington Post Company


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