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bin Laden's three widows sentenced

Published:Tuesday | April 3, 2012 | 12:00 AM


A Pakistani court yesterday sentenced Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his daughters to 45 days in prison, for illegally living in the country, ordering them deported when the sentence ends, their lawyer said.

With credit for time served, the women and several of their other children will leave Pakistan later this month, said lawyer Mohammed Amir Khalil. They have been in detention since American commandos killed bin Laden in a large house in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad on May 2, but they were formally charged with immigration offences only last month. The Americans left the women and children behind in the house after they flew off with bin Laden's corpse.

The women may have information about how bin Laden managed to remain undetected for close to 10 years after the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States despite being the subject of a massive international manhunt. The youngest, 30-year-old Yemeni wife Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada, has told investigators bin Laden lived in five houses while on the run and fathered four children, two of whom were born in Pakistani government hospitals.