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Osama Bin Laden’s Family Leaves Pakistan for Saudi Arabia

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April 27 (Bloomberg) -- Pakistan deported the family of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden to Saudi Arabia early today after his three widows and two older daughters completed short jail sentences for illegally entering the country, according to the family’s lawyer.

Police found the women in bin Laden’s fortress-like compound at Abbottabad on May 2, hours after U.S. commandos attacked in helicopters, killing bin Laden and then flying his body out of the country. An unconfirmed number of the women’s younger children also were detained.

A Pakistani court this month said two Saudi women, Siham Sharif and Kharia Hussain Sabir, were among the widows, according to court documents cited by the Express-Tribune and other Pakistani newspapers. Bin Laden’s third wife in Pakistan was Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, a Yemeni citizen. The court ordered the women deported after they served 45-day jail terms.

Bin Laden’s family of 14 -- the three widows and 11 children -- flew to Saudi Arabia, family lawyer Muhammad Aamir said in a telephone interview from Islamabad. The group arrived in Saudi Arabia, Al Jazeera reported without citing anyone.

“They are the responsibility of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s security, not Pakistan’s worry anymore,” Aamir said.

The Yemeni widow and 5 of her children will be flown to Yemen later, after spending some time in Saudi Arabia, the lawyer said.

Bin Laden’s family was being been held in a suburban-style two-story villa in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters last month.

Pakistan in February demolished most of the hideout where bin Laden had lived since 2005. A four-member commission named by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is investigating why the army failed to detect bin Laden’s presence or prevent the U.S. attack.

To contact the reporters on this story: Khurrum Anis in Karachi at kkhan14@bloomberg.net; Haris Anwar in Islamabad at hanwar2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Walcott at jwalcott9@bloomberg.net

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