Pakistan Convicts bin Laden’s Widows

Posted April 2nd, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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A Pakistani court has convicted the three widows of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and two of his daughters on charges of illegally residing in the country and has sentenced them to 45 days detention. The court has also ordered their deportation.

The lawyer for the five women says they were each fined $110 and have paid the fees. He said the “Secretary of the Interior has been instructed to make arrangements for their deportation after that.” The attorney said the women were in good health.

The widows, two Saudis and one Yemeni, and several of the bin' Laden's children have been in Pakistani custody since the al-Qaida leader was killed by U.S. Navy Seals at his compound in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.

The women were formally arrested on March 3 and will receive credit for time already served, shortening their sentence to two weeks.

Security was tight during Monday's legal proceedings, which took place in the house where the women have been living and where they will serve out their sentences.

The United States conducted the raid on bin Laden deep in Pakistani territory, about an hour outside the capital, Islamabad, without Pakistan's knowledge or cooperation.

While the operation was hailed as a success in the United States, it plunged the two countries' relationship to one of its lowest points, with Islamabad criticizing the raid as a serious violation of its sovereignty.

Osama bin Laden's youngest wife told Pakistani police the al-Qaida leader spent nearly 10 years on the run in Pakistan following the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. She said the family moved to different safe houses around the country.

Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, a 30-year old Yemeni, said she gave birth to four of bin Laden's children while in Pakistan, two of them born in government hospitals.