Osama Bin Laden’s widows charged in Pakistan
Pakistani authorities charged Osama Bin Laden’s three widows with illegally entering the country.
According to Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, the women, reported to be two Saudis and a Yemeni, had been charged but did not say when the hearing took place.
The three women and about 10 children were taken into custody last May when US commandos raided their compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The women had been living in the compound in Abbottabad that Navy Seals attacked, killing Osama Bin Laden.
Rehman Malik told reporters in Islamabad that “only the adults had been charged” and the children were free to return to their native countries if their mothers agreed.
Legal experts say the maximum term the women could get is five years.
It is not clear if these three women are Osama Bin Laden’s only widows – it has been reported that he had up to six wives.
In June 2011, a Pakistani commission was charged with investigating how the al-Qaeda leader had managed to stay in Pakistan undetected.
The commission said his wives should not be allowed to leave the country until they had been interviewed.
Despite having a $25 milliom bounty on his head for his role in organizing the 9/11 attacks on the US, Osama Bin Laden managed to live in the Abbottabad compound with his wives and children for nearly five years.