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Saudis Won’t Extradite Bin Laden

October 25, 1999

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) _ Saudi Arabia says it is not seeking the extradition of Osama bin Laden, a former Saudi suspected of bombing two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

Interior Minister Prince Nayef told reporters late Sunday his government was not interested in bin Laden, a dissident whom it stripped of his citizenship in 1994.

``We are only concerned about Saudi citizens and he is not a Saudi citizen,″ Nayef said.

On Oct. 15, the U.N. Security Council threatened to impose sanctions on the Taliban, the dominant party in Afghanistan, unless it handed over bin Laden for trial by Nov. 14.

A U.S. federal court has indicted bin Laden for the August 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which killed 224 people.

Bin Laden has denied any involvement in the embassy bombings.

After long refusing to extradite bin Laden, the Taliban has recently expressed a willingness to discuss his position with the United States. Washington has rejected the offer.

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