Pakistan to Charge Osama Bin Laden's Wives, Daughters
Pakistan has decided to charge three of Osama bin Laden's wives and two of his daughters with the crimes of illegally entering and residing in Pakistan. The penalty is five years in jail. I wonder if they get credit for the 11 months served to date under Pakistani house-arrest in a "sub jail."
Two of the wives, Amal, 29, of Yemen and Khairiah, 61, of Saudi Arabia, had to be separated by Pakistani security officials. Amal suspects Khairiah of helping Americans capture Osama. Khairiah has accused Amal of "sticking to Osama like a prostitute who wanted sex 24 hours a day." [More...]
In transcripts of ISI interviews released yesterday, Amal said: 'Osama loved me the most. We used to talk about romance - other things apart from Al Qaeda things.
'In the last days, he felt he was being tracked down by the U.S. forces and their allies. He said his death was to be orchestrated by Khairiah or family. He was ready to face it.'
Amal's not doing too well. The youngest of Osama's wives, she's the one who was shot by the Seals. Her brother says she's lost the use of her leg.
Her brother, Zakaria Al Sadah, has been denied the opportunity to visit Amal several times. This week a judge ordered her jailers to allow a visit.
Just three and a half months ago, Pakistan said the women were free to leave. Not any more. Now thy have to stand trial.
Khairia bin Laden is 61, and had recently returned from a 10 year period in Iran -- also under house arrest. She is the mother of Abu Hamza, who has been missing since the raid on the Abouttabad compound that killed Osama.
The third wife under detention soon to be charged is presumably Siham Saba, also from Saudi Arabia and mother of Khalid bin Laden, who was killed in the raid with Osama Bin Laden
The second child to be charged is presumably Safia, the 12 year old daughter of Osama and Amal. A third child present, 22 year old daughter (Iman?) was also at the house and she may be the other daughter facing charges.
I assume the children not being charged are the 5 year old son of Osama and Amal, and the children of another Osama daughter who had been killed in a drone attack in Warzistan.
No one has ever, to my knowledge, explained what happened to Hamza bin Laden and how he escaped that night, if indeed he did.
Charging the women and children now, when they've already been in custody a year, seems over-the- top. Are they really going to jail a 12 year old female?
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