April 2nd, 2012
12:31 AM ET

Bin Laden's widows expected to be charged in Pakistan

Three widows of Osama bin Laden are expected to be charged Monday with living illegally in Pakistan, an offense that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The three women - identified by U.S. and Pakistani officials as Amal Ahmed Abdul Fateh, Khairiah Sabar and Siham Sabar - have been in Pakistani custody since U.S. Navy SEALs raided bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and killed the al Qaeda leader in May 2011.

Pakistani authorities have started legal proceedings against the widows, alleging forgery and illegal entrance into Pakistan. The charges are expected to be filed Monday, said a source familiar with the widows' case.

The source said the Yemeni government has expressed readiness to let Fateh, bin Laden's youngest widow, return home. Saudi Arabia, where the other two women are from, has been more resistant.

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  1. Superman

    ATTENTION NICOLE SAIDI,,,,,,please respond through my email concerning this entry,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we bloggers have been experinecing some major problems with these so called trolls, there have been some very derogatory remarks, and degrading things approached by unknown individuals on these blogs. Some very good and fine people should be getting a hold of you asap to disguss what can be done to solve this issue. Now for me i was hacked earlier i believe but not sure what was going on but i could not even access a thing on my smart phone, some things where put out on one of your articles about me being a jack of all trades which i am, but there was one or two things that were in there that i had never mentioned by me at all! The scarey thing was that i know i had never mentioned these two things before just to keep my self safe on bloggs, its nothing that you guys have done , or your system thats for sure i had some one check it out earlier and they said it did not come from you . But it did come from an opposite source and they began to use my email adrees for the cnn blogs while i was not on cnn bloggs its not good for me. And i dont have anything missing either. But this problem with trollers has got to some way be handled by you guys your cooperation in working with us people would be a sweet thing if you could do something,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i go by superman &sometimes gay superman,,,, but remember we as in several other people have had problems but im just getting hammered by some one. If you could get back to me asap that would be nice asap would be better, some time tommorrow i will be changing my email address im at will you can access it even give me a call that would be better if you can access that imfo which im confident you can ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, sincerely . Superman/ gay superman/ k. Johnson,,,,,,sincerly thank you for your time we will all appreciate it

    April 2, 2012 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Hi there, taking a look.

      April 2, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. - Charlie Brown

    ... Good Grief !!

    April 2, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. - Mrs. Bin Laden # 2

    ... It's a Bum Rap !!

    April 2, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Peter Frampton

    I want you, and you, and you, to show me the way. Day after Day

    April 2, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. - Jerry Lewis

    ... Hahaaahaa hah, nice laadies ...

    April 2, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    I'm pretty sure these women didn't enter Pakistan illegally as willing participants! They were just binLadens wives, his property who travelled with him when he wanted them to! Pakistan should cut them some slack & let them go home! Of course Pakistan is also a staunchly patriarchal society, so they probably have little pity for the widows! Just having to be married to Osama bin Laden...... isn't that enough punishment!?

    April 2, 2012 at 3:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. - BrainWashed Posession # 3

    ... Hey, I did what I was told, that's all I know ...

    April 2, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    The woman did nothing wro g. How is putting them in prison going to fix afgan and Pakistan?

    April 2, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. pHILIP

    10 yrs. in prison for living in a country illegally? Wow. That's what we give the average murderer. Wondering how many prisons would need to be built if the USA were to try match Pakistan's sense of justice.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. pHILIP

    @Superman...as if CNN staff aren't already fully aware. Haven't you ever noticed that CNN rarely deletes posts made by someone who has hijacked someone else's username, yet as a matter of practice moderate and delete many many on-topic posts? You are kicking a dead horse I believe.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    that was potential. i heard this morning they got 45 days, including time served. 2 more weeks, and the equivalent of 110 american dollars each

    April 2, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. pHILIP

    Hmmm. Let's see.At least 15 million people living in the USA illegally at 210 bucks each. Maybe Pakistan is onto something.

    April 2, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. pHILIP

    Oopsy, Lee said 110 bucks each. Kids stay free?

    April 2, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    This is a pointless exercise. Those women should be free to go where they belong. End of story.

    April 2, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Yea mary, you know her all right! Quite up close and personal even, one could say! If youre against cnn deleting and blocking ppl posting under others names, there can only be one reason. Because YOU are the one doing it!! Well im sick of the GARBAGE!

    April 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
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