x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Family of Osama bin Laden to be deported from Pakistan

Osama bin Laden's family is expected to be deported from Pakistan early tomorrow, according to their lawyer and an intelligence official.

ISLAMABAD // Osama bin Laden's family is expected to be deported from Pakistan early tomorrow, their lawyer and an intelligence official said today.

The former Al Qaeda leader's three widows and their children were detained by the Pakistani authorities after he was killed in a US Navy Seal operation in Abbottabad last May.

The news came as Washington and Islamabad try to patch up their relationship, which was badly damaged after the world's most wanted man was found a stone's throw from Pakistan's elite military academy.

Two weeks ago a court sentenced the widows and two of bin Laden's older daughters to 45 days' detention on charges of illegal entry and residency in Pakistan and ordered their deportation as soon as possible. They were given credit for time served after they were arrested on March 3.

They served their sentence in an Islamabad villa designated by authorities as a "sub-jail".

"They will go tonight or tomorrow early in the morning. After 12 tonight they can be deported any time," their lawyer Mohammad Aamir said today.

Mr Aamir said the family - which includes bin Laden's three widows, eight children and one grandchild - would probably initially go to Saudi Arabia.

He said bin Laden's youngest and reportedly favourite wife, Amal Abdulfattah, who is Yemeni, may be sent to Yemen afterwards with her five children.