Charges Likely For Bin Laden’s Widows

April 2, 2012 by staff 

Charges Likely For Bin Laden’s Widows, Three widows of Osama bin Laden are expected to be charged Monday with living illegally in Pakistan, an offense that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The three women — identified by U.S. and Pakistani officials as Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar — have been in Pakistani custody since U.S. Navy SEALs raided bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad and killed the al Qaeda leader in May 2011.

Pakistani authorities have started legal proceedings against the widows, alleging forgery and illegal entrance into Pakistan. The charges are expected to be filed Monday, said a source familiar with the widows’ case.

The source said the Yemeni government has expressed readiness to let Fateh, bin Laden’s youngest widow, return home. Saudi Arabia, where the other two women are from, has been more resistant.

Bin Laden spent years on the run in Pakistan after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, moving from one safe house to another and fathering four children — at least one of whom was born in a government hospital, Fateh has told Pakistani investigators.

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