Al Arabiya video shows Bin Laden’s widows in their detention place


Al Arabiya television has aired a video showing the widows, children and grandchildren of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden inside a villa in Islamabad where they were serving a jail sentence for illegal residency in the country.

A Pakistani court had sentenced Bin Laden’s three widows and two of his daughters to a month and a half in prison for illegal residency and ordered the government to arrange their repatriation.

One widow is Yemeni and the other two are Saudi.

Their lawyer Muhammad Aamir said the period of detention began on March 3, when they were formally arrested on charges of illegal entry and residency in Pakistan and that they would continue to be held at their villa in Islamabad.

The detention place appeared to be heavily fortified.

Bin Laden and his wives were living with eight of their children and three employees in Abbottabad, where he was attacked and killed by U.S. Special Forces on May 1, 2011.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said previously that the children not involved in the case were free to leave Pakistan or could stay with their mothers for the duration of the trial.