CORRECTED: Spanish lawmaker to sue FBI over bin Laden images

11th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Spanish lawmaker has vowed to sue the FBI for using an image of his face to create a digitally enhanced picture of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The scandal erupted in January 2010 over the use of Gaspar Llamazares' image to create a computer-generated picture of an aged bin Laden who was then being hunted by US forces.

"I am going to sue the FBI because they have not corrected that image in any way except for a small, insincere apology," Llamazares told Spanish radio Cadena Ser on Monday.

Llamazares, a member of parliament for the United Left coalition, said parts of an image of his face had been used to create digitally enhanced pictures of two people who had since been "assassinated".

He did not identify the second person.

When the bin Laden photo dispute broke out last year US ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont told the Spanish government he was "sorry and dismayed" about the incident.

At the time, an FBI spokesman said a technician had taken the image off the Internet and used the Spanish politician's hair and forehead to re-create the bin Laden picture.

US Navy SEALs killed bin Laden and flew off with his body from the Pakistani army town of Abbottabad on May 2.

© 2011 AFP

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