Osama bin Laden's widows, children headed to Saudi Arabia
Three widows, two daughters among those deported from Pakistan
Fourteen members of Osama bin Laden's family have been deported to Saudi
Arabia from Pakistan. The occasion took place a week ahead of the
al-Qaeda leader's first anniversary of his death at the hands of U.S.
commandos. Among those aboard the private plane were bin Laden's three
widows and two daughters.
The only known photo of Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, one of slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's three wives.
The five women had been sentenced the previous month to 45 days of house arrest for living in Pakistan illegally. Their detention ended last week. With time served beginning March 3, the five were formally taken into custody.
"The family was kept safe and sound in a guest (safe) house," the Pakistan Interior Ministry said in a statement. "They have been deported to the country of their choice, Saudi Arabia, today."
Because all five defendants confessed to impersonation, illegal entry into Pakistan and staying illegally in the country, there was no need for a trial, an attorney who represented four of the five relatives said.
Bin Laden was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs at his Abbottabad compound May 2, 2011.
The al Qaeda leader had spent years hiding in Pakistan after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, moving from one safe house to another and fathering four children with Fateh. At least one of the children was born in a government hospital, she told Pakistani investigators.
A deposition taken from Fateh paints an explicit portrait of bin Laden's life while international forces hunted him. The bin Laden family moved from city to city with the help of Pakistanis who arranged "everything" for them, Fateh said, according to the deposition.
In her deposition, Fateh said she had always wanted to marry a mujahed, or holy warrior. When word of plans for her arranged marriage to bin Laden came in 2000, she flew to Pakistan, crossed the Afghanistan border at Quetta and went to Kandahar.
She says she was married before the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
She lived with bin Laden and his two other wives until the attacks. The family "scattered" after that, she told police.
She said she returned to the southern port city of Karachi with her eldest daughter, Safia, and stayed in a flat for eight or nine months. She said that "all the things were arranged by some Pakistani family and Saad," bin Laden's eldest son.
They moved six or seven times in Karachi before she reunited with bin Laden in the border city of Peshawar. They moved to the Swat Valley, living in two houses over an eight- or nine-month period.
The family then fled to Haripur, also in northern Pakistan. Fateh's daughter Aasia was born there in 2003 and son Ibrahim the next year. Fateh said she stayed in a hospital on both occasions.
They settled in Abbottabad in 2005 and stayed there for six years before bin Laden was killed.
Fateh had two more children in Abbottabad -- daughter Zainab was born in 2006 and son Hussain in 2008.
She told police she never applied for a visa during her stay in Pakistan.
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