On March 3rd, Pakistan officials arrested the three wives and two adult daughters of Osama bin Laden. This passed Monday, April 2nd, a Pakistan court ordered that these women serve a total of six weeks in detention for illegally entering the country. Specifically, they violated Pakistani immigration laws, which resulted in all of the women having to pay a $110 fine.
Following their detention they will be deported to their respective countries. Osama bin Laden’s former wives, Kharia Hussain Sabir and Siham Sharif, are both citizens of Saudi Arabia. In addition Osama bin Laden’s two adult daughters are also from Saudi Arabia. Bin Laden’s third wife, Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh, is from Yemen.
Because the women have been in custody since March 3rd they only have two weeks left in order for their six-week punishment to be complete. Six weeks may sound pretty lenient to some, but the lawyer representing the women said that this was because they all confessed to what they had done.
Another reason for the brief sentence is because it is tough to provide security for the Bin Laden family. Many people would like to go after them, so there are Pakistani resources being used to somewhat protect them. In addition, the Taliban has been threatening to carry out suicide attacks in order to try and free the family. The Pakistani officials feel that they have gotten all of the information they can out of the women, so it is best to just get them out of the country as soon as possible at this point.
Do you think an extended detention of the Bin Laden family would force them to talk? Do you think the threats from the Taliban are genuine or are they just saying whatever they can to force the release of the Bin Laden family? Is a six-week detention sentence too short of a sentence for people who violated immigration laws?
SOURCE: The New York Times