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Wednesday, April 16, 2014  

Three widows of Osama charged with illegal entry
ISLAMABAD Pakistan has charged Osama Bin Laden’s three widows with illegal entry, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Thursday, without saying when it had done so or when a trial would begin.

Pakistan took the Al Qaeda terror chief’s wives - two Saudis and a Yemeni - and around 10 of their children into custody after US Navy SEALs killed him at his house in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, 2011.

“The case has been registered only against the adults,” Malik told reporters in the capital Islamabad. “They can have a lawyer and they have full liberty to go to court and defend themselves,” he added.

Malik said Bin Laden’s children were being kept in a five-bedroom house “with proper facilities as if they were in their own home” but that they were free to return to their native countries if their mothers agreed.

The interior minister did not specify what punishment the widows could be liable to receive.

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, a lawyer working with the Federal Investigation Agency that registered the case, said that the maximum sentence was 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $110.

Pakistan had not previously indicated any restrictions on the women leaving the country. The investigating committee said late last year that it had no further need to speak to them, giving the green light to their repatriation.

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