What will become of Osama bin Laden’s wives? The three widows, all of whom were with the former al-Qaida leader when American troops stormed his Pakistan compound and killed him last spring, have been charged with illegally entering that country and may be obliged to stay there for longer than they may have expected. –KA


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 said the women had entered the country illegally, and there were also “several incidents involving deception and forgery”.

He 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.

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