Pakistan to deport Osama bin Laden’s wives, children
By Sadaf Shinwari - Wed Apr 18 2012, 11:44 am
“Osama bin Laden’s family is due to complete a short sentence of detention for illegally entering and residing in Pakistan on Tuesday, will be deported on Wednesday,” said their lawyer Muhammad Aamir.
He said that the government had prepared necessary travelling documents for their deportation.
The al Qaeda leader’s three wives — two Saudis and one Yemeni along with nine children, had been held in Pakistan since bin Laden’s death during a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in May 2011 and were later convicted of entering the country illegally.
They completed a brief sentence in detention and will be deported to Saudi Arabia at midnight, or 3 p.m. Eastern Time in the U.S., their lawyer told ABC News. The lawyer did not say why the Yemeni wife is also apparently being sent to Saudi Arabia.
Once outside Pakistan, bin Laden’s relatives could reveal details about how the world’s most wanted man was able to hide in U.S. ally Pakistan for years, possibly assisted by elements of the country’s powerful military and spy agency, Reuters reported.
“The Pakistan military and intelligence are confident that the facts are already known to America, most of (them) anyway,” Talat Masood, a retired general and political analyst, told Reuters.