April 2, 2012
April 2, 2012
A Pakistani court on Monday sentenced Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two of his daughters to a month and a half in prison for illegal residency and ordered the government to arrange their repatriation.
“The judge has announced a one and a half month imprisonment to all the five accused. The punishment was announced today. He has also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees,” Zakarya Ahmad Abdalfattah, the Yemeni brother of one of the wives, told reporters.
Their lawyer Muhammad Aamir said the period of detention began on March 3, when they were formally arrested on charges of illegal entry and residency in Pakistan and that they would continue to be held at their villa in Islamabad.
“I think it will be completed probably in two weeks,” he added.
Abdfaattah, the Yemeni brother of bin Laden’s youngest and reportedly favorite wife, Amal, confirmed the sentence and said the judge had also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees ($110) each, as a precursor to repatriation.
“The court has also given direction to the government to arrange the necessary documents for their earliest repatriation, so that they can go to their own country as soon as possible,” Abdulfattah told reporters.
Bin Laden’s two other wives are Saudi.
Last month, the court had given the five women copies of the case and evidence against them.
Bin Laden and his wives were living with eight of their children and three employees in Abbottabad.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said previously that the children not involved in the case were free to leave Pakistan or could stay with their mothers for the duration of the trial.
One of their relatives has reportedly visited Pakistan recently to urge authorities to let them leave the country. But it appears he was unsuccessful.
Amal Abdulfattah was with Bin Laden in a compound in Abbottabad when he was killed in a U.S. Navy SEAL’s operation last year.
By AL ARABIYA WITH AGENCIES