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Ned Kelly
18-03-2004, 11:58
Merde, that's not Osama

A Frenchman has been convicted for trying to run over a pedestrian he mistook for Osama bin Laden - which could have earned him a $7 million bounty.

The 35-year-old, identified as a struggling artist named Pierre, was sentenced by a court in this southern France city to a three-month suspended prison term and ordered to pay 500 euro ($A830) to the victim, who was unharmed.

The man's lawyer, David Mendel, said his client was traumatised by last week's terror attacks in Madrid and was temporarily the "victim of a hallucination," while driving through Montpellier's historic centre.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was able to run from the oncoming car, which crashed along the side of a street.

"It wasn't bin Laden," Mendel said. "If it was, we would have won $US5 million."

The Madrid train bombings, which killed 201 people, increasingly appear to have been orchestrated by Islamic extremists with links to bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network.

AP

Hugh Jass
18-03-2004, 12:13
In the immortal words of Homer Simpson:

Doh !

fat_chick
18-03-2004, 12:31
homer simpson is a man of the future

Tulrin
23-03-2004, 02:13
Originally posted by Ned Kelly

"It wasn't bin Laden," Mendel said. "If it was, we would have won $US5 million."


That is hilarious... but I thought the reward for "getting" Bin Laden was US $25 million.

DPG
23-03-2004, 12:06
Well to be honest after the first gulf war, they are probably better off out of this one, let alone the anti-terror effort...

Can you imagine the government briefings - we have mobilised and placed on red alert some of Paris's most vicious motorists...the terrorists haven't got a chance!!