Pakistan Convicts bin Laden’s Widows

Posted April 2nd, 2012 at 7:15 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 said they were each fined $110 and have already paid the fees.

The widows, two Saudis and one Yemeni, with their 10 children have been in Pakistani custody since bin Laden 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.

The French news agency reports Monday's proceedings were presided over by a judge in a makeshift court set up 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.