This aspect of the killing of Osama bin Laden is fascinating. Makes one want to have a specialized lawyer steeped in international law as an in-law and have them over for coffee and conversation.
US Attorney General Eric Holder has said that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was a lawful military target.
He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Bin Laden had made no attempt to surrender, and his killing was “an act of national self-defence”.
The US has acknowledged that Bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot dead in Monday’s raid by US Navy Seals in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
Critics have raised concerns about the legality of the operation.
“If he had surrendered, attempted to surrender, I think we should obviously have accepted that, but there was no indication that he wanted to do that and therefore his killing was appropriate,” said Mr Holder, reports Reuters news agency.