Pakistan jails Bin Laden’s family

2012-04-02 14:15

Islamabad – A Pakistani court charged former al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s three widows and two daughters with illegally staying in the country and sentenced them to 45 days in jail.

In practice, that means they will spend 14 days in prison as they have been in detention since March 3.

Bin Laden’s family members will eventually be deported to their home nations, their lawyers said today.

“They were sentenced to 45 days imprisonment and fined 10 000 rupees (about R830) each. The money was paid on the spot,” Aamir Khalil, one of the lawyers, said.

“The Secretary of the Interior has been instructed to make arrangements for their deportation after that.”

Analysts had said that Pakistan may have wanted a lengthy prison sentence for the family to prevent them from discussing details of their time in Pakistan.

Once outside Pakistan, Bin Laden’s relatives could reveal details about how the world’s most wanted man was able to hide in US ally Pakistan for years, possibly helped by elements of the nation’s powerful military and spy agency.

Pakistan’s government and military have said they had no links to Bin Laden.

Any revelations about ties to Bin Laden could embarrass Islamabad, and infuriate Washington which staged a decade-long hunt for Bin Laden after the September 11 2001 attacks on the US.

Bin Laden was shot and killed in May by US special forces who stormed his compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, about a two-hour drive from the capital Islamabad.

Yemen-born Amal Al-Sadeh, the youngest widow, and her four children were among the 16 people detained by Pakistani authorities after the raid, which also included two other wives from Saudi Arabia.

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