A new report has revealed that a Pakistani traffic officer failed to spot the world's most wanted man when the car he was travelling in was stopped for speeding.
The revelation has emerged from Pakistan's official investigation into how Bin Laden managed to live in the country, undetected, for so long.
The report concluded that the Government and officials missed a number of opportunities to capture the elusive terrorist at the time.
A testimony from the wife of one of Bin Laden's most trusted security guards revealed that Osama occasionally visited the local bazaar while living in the Swat Valley during 2002 and 2003.
She also told investigators that on one trip his car was pulled over for speeding by a policeman, but that her husband "quickly settled the matter". Whether the police officer was paid off or simply failed to spot the notorious passenger is not explained.
The report, dubbed the Abbottabad Commission, concluded: "Culpable negligence and incompetence at almost all levels of government can more or less be conclusively established."
It went on to pour scorn on the failure of authorities to notice Bin Laden's enormous compound that he was eventually found to be holed up in.