A half-brother of Osama Bin Laden has declared he has found a few "inaccuracies" in director Michael Moore's controversial documentary FAHRENHEIT 9/11.

Geneva, Switzerland-based tycoon YESLAM BINLADIN, one of the AL-QAEDA leader's 54 siblings, admits that while he enjoyed most of film, which takes a scathing look at American President George W Bush's government, he has found that a few things are definitely wrong.

He tells French magazine VSD, "It's a moving film. I even laughed at times, but a lot less when he states errors or inaccuracies about my family, knowing perfectly well that he's deceiving the public."

In the film, Moore says Bush tried to cover up his family's long-time business and personal ties to the family of Osama bin Laden and other prominent Saudis because many of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia.

One of his main points is that the US administration helped 142 Saudis - including two dozen members of bin Laden's family - fly out of the United States two days after the 11 September (01) attacks, even though commercial air space was closed.

Saudi-born Binladin, who intentionally spells his name differently from Osama, says, "That's false and can be verified by anyone. They benefited from no exceptional authorization to leave American territory."

Swiss citizen Binladin insists his US-based family members flew into Geneva on 20 September, 2001, before taking off again for Saudi Arabia.

The movie also states that several family members attended a 2001 wedding of one of Osama bin Laden's sons in Afghanistan - a claim Binladin says is exaggerated.

He adds, "Nobody from my family was at this wedding in Afghanistan except for the mother of Osama."

Yeslam and Osama are among the 54 sons and daughters of the late Saudi construction magnate MOHAMMED BIN LADEN and his 22 wives. Binladin says the last time he saw his younger half-brother was before Osama left Saudi Arabia in 1981.

29/07/2004 02:39