United Nations: A United Nations (UN) Security Council committee has removed the name of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden from its sanctions list, although an order freezing any assets of the Islamist extremist remains in place.
According to Reuters, the decision came almost two years after his death at the hands of U.S. Special Forces in Abbottabad, a garrison town of Pakistan.
Bin Laden had been subjected to a travel ban and asset freeze since he was listed by the Security Council al-Qaeda sanctions committee on January 25, 2001.
The U.N. committee said in a statement that bin Laden was officially removed from the sanctions list on February 21, but that countries must submit requests to unfreeze any of his assets.
Those countries must also “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’s al Qaeda network was blamed for killing nearly 3,000 people when hijackers crashed commercial planes into New York City’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington and a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.