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UN takes bin Laden off sanctions list


The UN Security Council has finally taken Osama bin Laden off its sanctions list -- almost two years after the death of the Al-Qaeda mastermind.

But the council will maintain a freeze on Bin Laden's assets to stop them being used by others for militant activities.

The Security Council's Al-Qaeda sanctions committee announced in a statement this week that bin Laden's name had been deleted from its list for a travel ban and arms embargo.

The statement said, however, that UN member states would have to make a special request to the sanctions committee before any assets are released.

The country would have to "provide assurances to the committee that the assets will not be transferred, directly or indirectly, to a listed individual, group, undertaking or entity, or otherwise used for terrorist purposes."

Bin Laden, who became the world's most wanted man after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States in which almost 3,000 people died, was killed by US forces in Pakistan in May, 2011.