Pakistan jails Osama’s wives for illegal stay

A Pakistani court sentenced Osama bin Laden`s three widows and two of his daughters to a month and a half in prison for illegal residency.

Zeenews Bureau

Islamabad: A court here on Monday convicted Osama bin Laden`s three widows and two of his daughters on charges of illegally living in Pakistan and sentenced them to a month and a half in prison.

The court further gave an order to the Pakistani government to arrange their repatriation.

Zakarya Ahmad Abd al-Fattah, the Yemeni brother of one of the wives, told reporters: "The judge has announced a one and a half month imprisonment to all the five accused. The punishment was announced today. He has also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees."

The lawyer for Osama bin Laden`s family, Mohammed Amir Khalil, says Monday`s verdict gives his clients credit for time served.

They have been in detention since last May when US commandos killed bin Laden at the house in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad where he was living with his family.

Khalil said they were formally arrested on March 03, so they will serve another two weeks in prison and then will be deported with their children. He did not say where they would be deported.

Khalil said he does not plan to appeal the decision.

(With Agencies’ inputs)

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