|March 16, 2000
Asiaweek magazine said on Thursday that exiled Saudi Arabian dissident
bin Laden is dying of kidney failure. The weekly news magazine, quoting
Western intelligence source who has been tracking him," said in its
edition the kidney disease had begun to affect bin Laden's liver and
associates were trying to obtain a dialysis machine to stabilise his
condition. The United States has accused bin Laden of leading a "terrorist"
network and masterminding the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in
that killed more than 200 people. Asiaweek said bin Laden, 45, who
Afghanistan, remained mostly conscious and was able to talk and hold
meetings. But "the man is dying," Asiaweek quoted the source as saying.