Dutch TV show exonerates Osama bin Laden

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'Devil's Advocate' jury finds no proof he was behind Sept. 11

By Scott Roxborough - April 9, 2009, 12:37 PM ET

BERLIN -- A Dutch TV jury has found Osama bin Laden not guilty of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In the conclusion Wednesday night to the show "Devil's Advocate" on Dutch public broadcaster Nederland 2, the jury of two men and three women, along with the studio audience, ruled there was no proof bin Laden was the mastermind behind the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.

The Netherlands, home to "Big Brother" creator Endemol, is known for being on the cutting edge of format-based television. But even for Dutch standards, "Devil's Advocate," from Amsterdam production house AVRO, pushes the envelope.

The show features star defense attorney Gerard Spong standing up for some of the world's worst criminals.

In the latest show, Spong was able to convince the jury that bin Laden's connection to Sept. 11 was a product of "Western propaganda." The jury also ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove bin Laden was the real head of terrorist network al-Qaida. However, the jury did rule that bin Laden is a "terrorist who has misused Islam."

The show is certain to provide further ammunition in the already heated Dutch debate over immigration and the country's large Muslim minority. The Netherlands saw a sharp rise in anti-immigration and anti-Islamic sentiment after the 2004 murder of Dutch director Theo Van Gogh by a Muslim extremist.

Spong has been at the center of the debate, supporting legal action against anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders.

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"Devil's Advocate"

The attorny Spong is one of Hollands top 5 attorny and is well respected by most. I saw the show and thought it was ok, Spong does proof/debates innocense on 2 of 3 counts. first he's innocent for planning 911 (no proof/video proof fake) 2nd he's innocent for leading AlQaida he's just a poster boy for the US. He was guilty of being a terrorist , the jury rulled he did (uss cole, US ambasades) spreads terror around the world and isn't a freedom fighter like Nelson Mandela as Spong claimed. But was it ground breaking did it push the envelope? you'd be the judge. Interesting was the argument on who's the terrorist.. Bin Laden or the USA? Going back to the start of the rusia/afgan war and the sponsorship/creation of Al-CIAda by the US. Spong said "alqaida doesn't excist" and he was right on that! He also mostly used the material shown in the BBC "power of nightmares" documentary.

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