Pakistan Charges Osama Bin Laden's Widows

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Ricky
Osama Bin Laden's three widows have been charged by Pakistan with illegally entering the country.

Former al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s children are living comfortably in a five-bedroom house in Islamabad, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.

Osama Bin Laden's three widows have been charged by Pakistan with illegally entering the country.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the women, reported to be two Saudis and a Yemeni, had been charged but did not say when the hearing took place.

The wives and about 10 children were taken into custody last May when US commandos raided their safe house.

The three women had been living in the compound in Abbottabad that Navy Seals attacked, killing Bin Laden.

Mr Malik told reporters in Islamabad that "only the adults had been charged" and the children were free to return to their native countries if their mothers agreed.

Legal experts say the maximum term the women could get is five years.

The BBC's Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says it is very unlikely the women will be tried in an open court.

He says the authorities will not want the details of of the case to be made public.

It is not clear if these three women are Bin Laden's only widows - it has been reported that he had up to six wives.

Last June, a Pakistani commission was charged with investigating how the al-Qaeda leader had managed to stay in Pakistan undetected.

The commission said his wives should not be allowed to leave the country until they had been interviewed.

Despite having a $25m (£15m) bounty on his head for his role in organising the 9/11 attacks on the US, Bin Laden managed to live in the Abbottabad compound with his wives and children for nearly five years.