BI won't freeze bin Laden's assets

INDONESIA - Bank Indonesia has refused to freeze financial assets linked to Osama bin Laden as demanded by the U.S. government, according to Antara news agency.

Antara quoted on Friday central bank Governor Sjahril Sabirin as saying that according to existing banking law, Bank Indonesia could only freeze bank accounts if a banking crime had been committed.

A senior U.S. official had met with Sjahril to discuss the possibility of freezing the local financial assets of bin Laden, the prime suspec