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Bin Laden Widows Get 45 Days' Jail For Illegally Entering Pakistan

4/2/2012 8:39 AM ET

A Pakistani court on Monday sentenced slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's three widows and two of his grown-up daughters to 45 days in jail and their deportation after serving the term for illegally entering the country.

The terror mastermind's two Saudi and one Yemeni widows, together with their children, have been in Pakistani custody since he was killed by U.S. Special Forces in a helicopter-borne operation in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.

Media reports quoted Zakarya Ahmad Abd al-Fattah, brother of bin Laden's Yemeni wife, as saying that the judge had also imposed a fine of 10,000 rupees ($110) on each women, which he said had already been paid.

He said the court had also directed the government to complete the necessary documentation for their earliest repatriation, so that they could go to their own country as soon as possible.

The judge made the ruling in a makeshift court set up in the house in the Pakistani capital Islamabad where they were living after they were shifted from Abbottabad. Media persons were barred from the well-guarded mansion.

Defense lawyer Muhammad Aamir said the 45-day sentence would begin from March 3, the date when they were formally arrested, and that the deportation process could be completed within two weeks. "The Interior Secretary has been directed to arrange their deportation," Aamir told reporters.

by RTT Staff Writer

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