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Pakistan Deports Osama Bin Laden Family to Saudi Arabia

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Government of Pakistan has deported Osama bin Ladenโ€™s family to Kingdom of Saudi Arabi following the orders of the court, News reported Frday.Osama Bin Laden Family

Since the al Qaeda leaderโ€™s assassination in Abbottabad by American Special Forces almost a year ago, his next of kin were under house arrest in Pakistan.

The Ministry of Interior, which was responsible for the family, issued a statement saying it had “passed orders for the deportation of 14 members of OBL family in pursuance of the Court orders”.

“The family was kept safe and sound in a guest house …They have been deported to the country of their choice, Saudi Arabia, today,” it added.

According to latest reports, a chartered plane with bin Ladenโ€™s widows and children on board took off from Islamabad airport early on Friday morning.

The move ends months of speculation about the fate of the family, who were detained by Pakistani security forces after the May 2 raid.

“Yes, they’re being deported to Saudi Arabia,” said Aamir Khalil, the family lawyer. “It is a special flight, and they’re looking to depart in the next hour and a half or so.”

At the guesthouse in Islamabad where the family was being held, a white minivan pulled up to take them to the airport, where a charter flight was waiting. The women refused to enter the van with a crush of media around it, so officials covered its windows with plastic sheets.

Earlier this month, a court sentenced the women to 45 days in prison for entering Pakistan illegally. It ordered their deportation after the prison term, which began on March 3 when they were formally arrested.

Once outside Pakistan, the family could reveal details about how the world’s most wanted man was able to hide in Pakistan for years, possibly assisted by elements of its powerful military and spy agency.

Any revelations about ties to bin Laden could embarrass Pakistan and anger Washington, which had been hunting bin Laden since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Pakistani officials describe bin Laden’s long presence in the hill-town of Abbottabad as a security lapse and reject suggestions that members of the military and intelligence service were complicit in hiding him there.

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