A Pakistani court convicted three of Osama bin Laden’s surviving wives and two of his daughters of being illegally present in the country. According to the sentences handed down on Monday, the five women will serve a 45-day prison sentence with credit for time served, after whch they will likely be deported.
The three spouses have admitted to illegally immigrating to Pakistan and are being kept under house arrest in the capital city of Islamabad. According to Mohammed Amir Khalil, an attorney representing all five women, they are scheduled to be deported on April 15.
Two of the widows are from Saudi Arabia (birthplace of Osama bin Laden) while the other is Yemeni. According to information provided by Khalil, the government of Yemen has given permission for the wife from that nation to return, but Saudi Arabia is still deliberating the case of the two wives who are natives of that country. A certain disincentive may exist for Saudi Arabia to allow the immigration of the two bin Laden widows, as their former husband was stripped of his Saudi citizenship in 1994 after he verbally attacked the royal family that still rules the country.
Besides the prison sentence and the deportation order, each of the women was ordered to pay a fine of about $110. Attorney Khalil says that he does not anticipate appealing the court’s decision.
The widows and children of former public enemy number one were formally arrested on March 3 of this year, but have been detained by the government of Pakistan since May 2, 2011, the day their infamous kinsman was reportedly killed after a 40-minute firefight by an American special forces team.
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Photo: Osama bin Laden