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Pakistan to deport bin Laden's wives, adult daughters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Three of Osama bin Laden's wives and two of his adult daughters were convicted by a Pakistani court Monday of illegally entering the country and sentenced to two more weeks of detention, followed by deportation to their home countries.

The five women, who were formally arrested March 3, will receive credit for time they have already served under house arrest in an upscale section of Islamabad. They were among 16 people detained in the U.S. raid on bin Laden's villa in the garrison town of Abbottabad last May.

The women faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison for illegally entering and residing in Pakistan. The court gave them permission to take their children with them when they're deported.

The court was set up in a government-provided five-bedroom home, where the widows, along with an unspecified number of bin Laden's children and grandchildren, have been living. The disposition of the case ties up at least some of the loose ends surrounding bin Laden's life and death in Pakistan, where one of the widows says the chief of al-Qaida lived for nine years.

Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada, a Yemeni national and the youngest of bin Laden's wives, has told investigators that she bore him five children. She said four of them were born while he was hiding in various locations in Pakistan, including Abbottabad.

The names and ages of the two bin Laden daughters sentenced in the case were not disclosed.

The other widows — Siham Sabar and Khairiah Sabar — are Saudi nationals. While Yemeni authorities reportedly are willing to accept al-Sada and her children, the position of Saudi authorities was not clear.

Web forums offline

Al-Qaida's main Web forums have been offline for at least 11 days in what experts say are the longest sustained outages of the sites since they began operating eight years ago. The breadth and the duration of the outages have prompted some experts to conclude the forums have been taken down in a cyberattack, launched perhaps by a government or hacking group.

Pakistan to deport bin Laden's wives, adult daughters 04/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 2, 2012 11:07pm]
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