Pakistan Court Orders Deportation of Bin Laden’s Wives

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  1. arya

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    Sep 14, 2009
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    A Pakistani court has ordered three wives and two adult daughters of Osama Bin Laden to serve six weeks in prison for illegally entering the country and ordered their deportation after the prison term, according to the family’s lawyer.

    The date of arrest is March 3. They will serve another two weeks,” Mr. Amir said.

    Bin Laden’s three wives are currently under house arrest in Islamabad. Monday’s court hearing took place under strict security as local authorities used the rented house where the family is being held as a makeshift court.

    “The Interior Ministry has been ordered to make necessary arrangement for the family’s repatriation,” Mr. Amir said. “I don’t think it will take more than two weeks to get their passports ready and for clearance” from the ministry. Mr. Amir said he did not plan to appeal the sentence.

    “The wives had confessed to illegally entering the country,” he said. “Courts usually take a lenient view if confessional statements are made.”

    The court documents named two of the wives as Kharia Hussain Sabir and Siham Sharif, both citizens of Saudi Arabia. The third and the youngest is Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, 30, who is from Yemen. She was wounded in the American raid in which bin Laden was killed.

    The wives have been in the custody of Pakistani authorities since last May when American Navy Seals stormed a house in Abbottabad and killed bin Laden.

    The raid was highly embarrassing for Pakistan’s military and spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, which has grappled with accusations of complicity in protecting bin Laden and of incompetenc:namaste:e in tracking him.

    While the two Saudi wives largely refused to cooperate with local investigators, Ms. Fateh, the Yemeni wife, has provided details about bin Laden’s life on the run and the relative ease with which he managed to live undetected in rural Pakistan.

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