The three wives and 11 children of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were sent on judicial remand until March 26 by a district court in Islamabad on Saturday.
Senior Civil Judge of the Islamabad district court Shah Rukh Arjumand gave the order for Bin laden’s family, who were arrested under the foreign act of Pakistan for illegally entering and living in Pakistan.
Superintendent of the Adiala Jail had requested the police to make fool proof security arrangements for the family’s appearance in court. Therefore, instead of taking them to the court, the house in F-6 sector of Islamabad where the family is being kept was declared a sub jail and the judge heard the case there.
According to sources, lawyers from the Tahfuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat requested the court to give them access to Bin Laden’s family to provide them legal assistance.
The court asked them to submit a written application for consideration, and informed them the challan has already been submitted in the court.
Bin laden’s brother-in-law Zikrya Alsada also appeared in court along with his lawyer and said that the government had called him to arrange a meeting with his sister, Shaim Sharif; however, he has not been allowed to see his sister and her children for four months now.
The judge ordered for the appointment of a translator who could translate Arabic to Urdu for the convenience of the court and lawyers.
Bin Laden’s three widows and 11 children were taken into custody last year after the May 2 raid by US navy seals on the compound in Abottabad.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 18th, 2012.