SYDNEY: Osama bin Laden is a polite, humble and shy man who doesn't mind being hugged, an Australian man convicted of receiving funds from Al-Qaeda said in a television interview that aired on Monday.

Joseph Terrence Thomas was convicted of one count of intentionally receiving funds from a terrorist organisation in Victoria state Supreme Court on Sunday.

``You know, he didn't mind being hugged, but kisses he didn't like,'' Thomas said. The former taxi driver and Muslim convert said Osama was ``very polite and humble and shy ... and he was just, seemed to float, really float across the floor.''