Pakistan to deport bin Laden’s wives, adult daughters

April 2, 2012

Three of Osama bin Laden’s wives and two of his adult daughters were convicted by a Pakistani court Monday of illegally entering the country and sentenced to two more weeks of detention, followed by deportation to their home countries.

The five women, who were formally arrested March 3, will receive credit for time served under house arrest in an upscale section of Islamabad, the capital. They were among 16 people detained in a U.S. raid on bin Laden’s villa in the garrison town of Abbottabad in May.

The accused faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison for illegally entering and residing in Pakistan. The court gave them permission to take their children with them when they are deported.

A makeshift court was set up in a government-provided five-bedroom house where the widows, along with an unspecified number of bin Laden’s children and grandchildren, have been living. The disposition of the case ties up at least some of the loose ends surrounding bin Laden’s life and death in Pakistan, where one of the widows says the al-Qaeda chief lived for nine years.

Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, a Yemeni national and the youngest of bin Laden’s wives, has told investigators that she bore him five children. She said four of them were born while the world’s most notorious terrorist was hiding in various locations in Pakistan, including Abbottabad.

The names and ages of the two bin Laden daughters sentenced in the case were not disclosed.

The other widows — Siham Saber and Khairiah Sabar — are Saudi nationals. Yemeni authorities reportedly are willing to accept Sadah and her children, but the position of Saudi authorities is not yet clear.

Sadah’s brother, Zakarya Ahmad Abd al-Fattah, told journalists that the court also fined each of the women 10,000 rupees ($110), which has been paid.

None of the minors taken into custody during the raid were charged.

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