Osama Bin Laden’s Relatives Face Deportation
Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two elder daughters Wednesday completed their jail term for entering and living in Pakistan illegally and could be deported at any time.
A local court had sentenced them to 45 days in prison with a fine of 10,000 rupees (110 U.S. dollars) each on April 2 on charges of illegal entry and residency in Pakistan.
The women had already served a month of their sentence prior to the verdict and the judge had ordered their deportation on completion of sentence.
They have been in custody of Pakistani security agencies since the U.S. special force killed the al-Qaida chief in a raid on his hideout in May last year.
The widows, two Saudi Arabians and a Yemeni, were held at a house in the capital Islamabad.
Pakistan had formally charged them with illegal stay last month. Formal legal proceedings against the women were held inside the house for security concerns.
The deportation of the 16 members of the Osama family could happen any time after the women completed their jail term on Wednesday, said Amir Khalil, counsel of the family.
The other lawyer Atif Ali Khan said the Yemeni government had agreed to receive Osama bin Laden’s youngest Yemeni widow Amal Abdulfattah and her children.
He said he also talked with the Saudi authorities about the deportation of the two Saudi widows.
A commission investigating presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and the U.S. special force operation to kill him has also allowed the family to leave Pakistan as they are no more required for questioning. The commission had interviewed the adult members of the family as part of the investigation.