Osama Bin Laden's widows and daughters will be deported to Saudi Arabia next week, after serving a 45-day jail sentence for illegal residency in Pakistan, CNN reported.
Two of the widows are Saudi, and one is from Yemen, the Associated Press reported. The women have been in detention since American forces killed Bin Laden in a large house in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad last May, but were left behind in the house after the commandos took Bin Laden’s corpse, according to the AP.
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The three widows and their children were among the 16 people detained after the US raid, according to Reuters.
Saudi Arabia had previously been resistant to the return of the two Saudi women, Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar, but relented to allow to the women back in their homeland.
"They are likely to be deported to Saudi Arabia on April 18, as their sentence ends on April 17," the family's lawyer, Aamir Khalil, told Reuters.
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It was unclear why authorities weren’t sending the Yemeni woman, Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, to her home country, which has said it would allow her to return, according to CNN. Her brother, Zakaria Abdul Fateh, said the Yemeni Embassy in Islamabad was processing her paperwork, and that she planned to go back to Sanaa next month.
The family is currently being held at a house in Islamabad, and upon their deportation may be able to disclose information about how Bin Laden remained in hiding for almost 10 years after the September 11 attacks in the US, despite being the subject of a massive international manhunt, the AP reported.
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