Conflict & Justice

Osama bin Laden’s family leaves Pakistan


Pakistani policemen escort a minivan carrying family members of slain al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Islamabad, as they leave for the airport before their departure to Saudi Arabia on April 26, 2012.



Pakistani officials have deported 14 members of Osama bin Laden’s family, according to CNN.

Bin Laden’s three wives and two eldest daughters, ages 17 and 21, had been sentenced to 45 days in prison for entering Pakistan illegally, CNN reported. They completed their jail terms – which they served in a guesthouse in Islamabad – last week.

"The family was kept safe and sound in a guest (safe) house," the Pakistan Interior Ministry said in a statement, according to CNN. "They have been deported to the country of their choice, Saudi Arabia, today."

Time Magazine reported that a van took the late al Qaeda leader’s widows and 11 children from the house to the airport shortly after midnight on Thursday.

“They are the responsibility of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s security, not Pakistan’s worry anymore,” the family’s lawyer, Muhammad Aamir, told Bloomberg Businessweek.

Earlier, a lawyer for the widows and children had indicated they would leave Pakistan on April 17.

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Two of Bin Laden’s widows, Siham Sharif and Kharia Hussain Sabir, are Saudi women, and the third, Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, is Yemeni, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. Aamir told Bloomberg Businessweek that the Yemeni widow and five of her children would continue on to Yemen at a later date.

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