Bin Laden family's deportation delayed: Lawyer

Published: April 18, 2012

Bin Laden’s family, including 3 widows, 8 children and 1 grandchild, were expected to be deported from Pakistan today. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The expected deportation of Osama bin Laden’s family from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia has been delayed because their passports are not ready, their lawyer said Wednesday.

The 12-member family, including bin Laden’s three widows, eight children and one grandchild, had originally been due to leave overnight Tuesday. Two of the wives are Saudi nationals and the third is from Yemen.

The 9/11 mastermind’s family were detained by Pakistani authorities after bin Laden was killed in a US special forces operation in Abbottabad last May.

Lawyer Muhammad Aamir told AFP they were expected to receive their passports later on Wednesday and may be able to leave for Saudi Arabia later in the day.

But a Saudi embassy official said they were still waiting for details from Pakistani authorities.

“We are waiting to receive names of the family members from the Pakistani interior ministry to proceed further in the matter,” the spokesman told AFP.

A senior Pakistani security official meanwhile said Pakistan was awaiting the green light from the Saudi and Yemeni governments for the deportation to proceed.

“No timeframe can be given at the moment,” he told AFP, adding that discussions were ongoing. “There is a kind of understanding but things need to be finalised.”

Aamir denied speculation that the authorities in Saudi Arabia and Yemen may be reluctant to accept them.

“This is not correct,” he said.

“They were scheduled to leave Pakistan for Saudi Arabia late Tuesday but the problem in completing their travel documents delayed the departure.”

Earlier this month, 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 completed the sentence on Tuesday, counting time already served since they were formally arrested on March 3.

Aamir said on Tuesday that bin Laden’s youngest and reportedly favourite wife, Amal Abdulfattah, who is Yemeni, may be sent to Yemen with her five children.

Pakistani officials have said that the whole family was initially expected to be flown to Saudi Arabia.

A number of Saudi diplomats have visited Pakistan in recent weeks to work out the details of the deportation, sources say.

The discovery of the 9/11 mastermind in Abbottabad dealt a massive blow to US-Pakistan relations and led to accusations of Pakistani complicity or incompetence.

Abdulfattah, 30, told Pakistani interrogators that bin Laden had fathered four children while he hid out in Pakistan, according to a police report seen by AFP last month.

After fleeing Afghanistan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, bin Laden moved his family around Pakistan before settling in a three-storey house inside a walled compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad in 2005.

According to the police report, the family movements while they were on the run were organised by “Ibrahim and Abrar”, two Pakistanis given responsibility for the task by members of Al-Qaeda.

Both the men were killed during the raid on Abbottabad and had been living in the same compound, along with Ibrahim’s wife, Bushra, and bin Laden’s son, Khalid.

In February the Pakistani authorities, reluctant for the Abbottabad house to become a shrine to the dead terror leader, used bulldozers to raze the building to the ground.

Bin Laden’s family contracts pollen allergy

Express News earlier reported that Bin Laden’s family contracted pollen allergy, while doctors were called in for diagnosis.

It was reported that the doctors will conduct a medical check-up of the family and will tell if they are fit to be deported to their respective hometowns.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Imran
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:52PM

    Karma?

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 12:54PM

    ET forgot t o add number of Sneezes :P

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  • MarkH
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:02PM

    …allergies don’t come from human contact. I can’t see how it’s a factor.

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  • Adil
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:24PM

    Wow. Ghost families get allergies too!

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  • Benbane Head
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Uninvited, illegal immigrants with links to terrorists need to leave (be deported) soon, although they all must be treated humanely at all times.

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  • Parvez
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:55PM

    Close this chapter, its getting tiresome.

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  • T
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:56PM

    Are children of OBL not Pakistani citizen`s since they were born in the country? The family could be tortured and interrogated or even the Amrikans may whisk them away. I hope Khan sahab takes it up

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 4:34PM

    baseless allegation has been leveled against him that he was a master mind of 9/11,no he is not.
    In fact,he was working for establishment of a welfare Islamic state the same was intolerable for some concerned quarters so conspiracy was hatched on the top level.
    As for as their conviction and sentence is concerned,they were innocent,women are not answerable for any act including entering into Pakistan because women had no free will.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 4:49PM

    Having heard the news,
    I proceeded to the pointed place and saw,
    large number of people assembled around the building
    which was being destroyed by heavy machines,
    no doubt,if not destroyed people,especially muslims honored
    this building as a shrine of great freedom fighter.

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  • Khan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 7:16PM

    In 2004 we heard OBL died in a bomb blast,now they are telling us that they found him in a compound and killed him.
    Where is the body, oh it’s in the sea.Howcome they found time to dispose it in the sea.
    I always wondered why was the area where PM Benazir was assasinated was it quickly washed away.
    The reason we were told for attacking iraq was that they found WMD’s there but then not even a lame proof was found then that reasoning was no longer mentioned.
    My uncle’s friend who

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