Pakistan to Deport Bin Laden Widows to Saudi Arabia
Osama Bin Laden’s three widows and children will be deported from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia after this Tuesday’s expiration of their 45-day jail term for illegally entering and living in the country, their lawyer said on Friday. They are serving their time under house arrest in Bin Laden's million-dollar compound in Abbottabad.
Indian television and CNN quoted their lawyer as saying they would be sent out of the country Wednesday. Two of the wives of the slain Al Qaeda terrorist leader are from Saudi Arabia, and the third is from Yemen.
No explanation was given why the Yemenite woman was being sent to Saudi Arabia, and it is not known if she will remain there. Her brother told CNN she would go back to Yemen. Bin Laden was born in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia previously has disassociated itself from Bin Laden and initially balked at accepting his Saudi widows, who along with the Yemenite widow and three children have been under arrest since Bin Laden was eliminated in the daring May 2011 US SEALs raid on his luxury hideout.
One of his widows said that Pakistanis helped him and his family move from city to city, and at least one of his children was born in a government hospital.
The American government did not inform Pakistan of the raid because of concerns that the government, despite its pledges to help fight the war on terror, was protecting Bin Laden.