Iranian Intelligence Minister Heyder Moslehi said that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died long before the US army raided his compound in Pakistan, the Fars news agency reported.
"We have exact information that indicates that bin Laden had died from an illness some time ago," Moslehi said. "Why didn't (the White House) show his body? Why did they throw it into the sea?" He added that the White House has "released false reports to cast a shadow over the developments in the region." (Dudi Cohen)