Madrid – Spanish lawmaker Gaspar Llamazares, spokesman for the small United Left coalition, plans to sue the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation for using his image to create an updated wanted poster for the late Osama bin Laden.
The photomontage representing Bin Laden was distributed in 2010 and published on the FBI Web site, which later removed it at the politician's request.
Llamazares, who received a letter of apology from FBI representatives at the U.S. Embassy in Spain shortly after the incident, said Tuesday that the bureau "has not corrected the situation at all" but only offered "a tiny apology."
In a statement on Cadena SER radio, the lawmaker recalled that his photo was used not only to recreate a likeness of Bin Laden, but also of Atiyah Abd Al-Rahman, whom the CIA killed in August.
Llamazares noted that the two people represented in the photos made with parts of the lawmaker's face "have been killed."
United Left sources have said that since 2010 the politician has contacted several U.S. law firms to file suit against the FBI.
In fact the case was accepted by one law office, but a few months later the U.S. attorneys refused to proceed with the suit without ever saying why.
Llamazares has found a Spanish attorney's office to take over the case.