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. raven

    And hey leeintulsa! Hope you got good news today?? I don't know if you saw it, but I posted to you a few days ago...I've spent some time up on Grand Lake in Afton...beautiful...also some time in Broken Arrow...kinda flat but nice people.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      still waiting to hear, raven. been a few decades since i went to grand lake, but i'm in broken arrow all the time. how long has it been since you were there? ba has been exploding the last 15 years or so. most of the growth around here has been in ba and jenks

      April 2, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Hey m.s.! Hope youre well today. OBL himself probably didn't know how many wives he had. I'm sure they were ALLL very special to him though. They' d have to be to get past that beard smell!

    April 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      Now see, you did it again!
      I am sure all of OBL's wives were loved and cherished, and it is my sicerest hope that they were born without a sense of smell.

      April 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      April 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Been a long time, leeintulsa,bout nine years, at least. It was in BA that I saw my first real, wild tarantula. I had no idea they are indigenous to the US. Between that and my poison ivy introduction, my nature walks came to a screeching halt.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      lol raven. when i was a kid in texas, we had a pair of tarantulas living in a hole under the front steps.

      i certainly wasn't going to pick one up, but i was told many times that the ones we have in the us aren't the deadly kind. i'm sure it still hurts if you get bit lol centimeter long fangs are centimeter long fangs lol

      April 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    i also think that many times, the women are the most militant about their religion.

    i was one of many building a custom house for this iraqi dude in east tulsa once. we had to get into this bedroom closet, and he'd already moved his family in. george and i noticed a big pile of clothes in the middle of the bed. they were moving in, so didn't think much of it. til we noticed a face near the top. his mother was sitting there not moving, just glaring.. needless to say, it creeped us right out and we got done as fast as we could, the whole time feeling her eyes trying to burn the heathen out of us.

    whatever they say about women's roles in islam, i have no doubt she ran that house.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      Now that *is* creepy.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Most people just assume that a US judge issued warrants for OBL doing 9/11. So sad. Because not one US judge, after reviewing the evidence, felt that there was enough there to have OBL arrested. Care to see the evidence presented TO THEM, AND SEE FOR YOURSELF WHAT A JOKE IT IS? Visit http://www.firefightersfor911truth.org...then goto http://www.hereinreality.com and print some "Truth about 9-11" flyers and pass them out.

    April 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      i never assumed any such thing. i didn't know the courts were involved at all, doesn't seem they needed to be.

      emperor hirohito, as far as i know, never had charges against him for attacking us at pearl harbor (i'm sure you have some alternate theory for what happened there, .too). yet, we blew his army, navy, and country to bits.

      i have no problem with it.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Yes, it is an odd practice this baptizing of infants. Jesus waited until he was about 30 yrs old before he got baptized...as if it takes a perfect man 30 years to symbolize his dedication to God but a modern-day infant only needs a week or two.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    You and me both, banasy. Was raised russian orthodox...very similar to catholicism. Reminds me of leeintulsas humpback-humpback post, what with all the standup, sit down, kneel til you have carpet burns...my gramma was a charter member of the church in anch and used to guilt me into going. Was all in russian so I only understood bits and pieces. Real fun.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ah, Russian.
      The launguage just rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

      April 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Of course Congress mandated that 9-11 be thouroughly investigated by the FBI. The investigation was led by the FBI's head of forensics, the famous Dr. Whitehurst. His team of over 300 investigators found that explosive charges had been attached to the Towers inner floor-truss bolts, and there was simply nothing that could possibly account for the third tower that fell, other than something undectable igniting the huge biodiesel tanks in the building. (for running standby generators) That mystery has since been solved by Dr. Judy Wood Phd. applied sciences. Her discovery is on Youtube if you care to see.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @philip: third tower?

      April 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      WTC Building 7.

      April 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mitch

    Really! Now you got my curiosity peeked. Gotta go picked up the brats from karate! 😉 just kidding folks.
    Hey I get free lawn mowing, garbage to the curb, De-Weeding, and other various duties done. You can get a lot mileage outta those little critters! LOL.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mitch

    Yeah! I always wondered about building 7! Nothing ever did hit it, right? Anyway gotta go but thanks again.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sofa King

      Except flaming debris from the first two buildings. But that doesn't count, right?

      April 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pope Benedict XVI

    Well, the bin-Laden wives story has transfigured into a discussion of the Church? That is fine, but one point I would like to make, did anyone notice that this year April Fools Day fell on Palm Sunday? Sacrilege!

    April 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      actually, more a discussion about religion and women's roles in it

      and for those who care – they went another way on the job 🙁

      April 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    @Lee. Of course the courts are involved with criminal activity. Bush declared that 9-11 was an act of war, and so Loyd's of London breathed a sigh of relief. Loyd's of London was the primary insurer of the Tower complex, and insurance doesn't cover acts of war. And so it was declared a crime, and Lloyd's was forced to pay for over 80% of the damages. It WAS a crime, Lee...or Lloyd's wouldn't have paid claims. US courts deal with crimes, or they used to anyway. Nowadays we just skip filing charges, arresting, trying and convicting, and go straight to the firing squad. I do have a problem with justice being subverted, Lee. Not you?

    April 2, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. raven

    Aw lee, I'm really sorry, my brother. Truly.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DoubleW

    Ahh, what about 'Arlington Cemetary"
    All those soldiers graves being marked by crosses
    Thought we had a policy "seperation of Church and Government".
    Just tying the Church lady chat with the 911 war chat.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dribble

      Guess all is fair in love and war when you'e the one driving the thread, huh?

      April 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • DoubleW

      @ dribble, Come again?

      April 2, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian

    @ DoubleW, Shut up! pork face.

    April 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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