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Pakistan deports Osama bin Laden's family members


08:03, April 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Osama bin Laden's three widows and other family members were deported to Saudi Arabia on Friday, days after they completed their jail term awarded to them for entering and living in Pakistan illegally, local media reported.
A Saudi special plane would be airlifting them to Saudi Arabia, sources said.

They had been in custody of Pakistani security agencies since the U.S. special force killed the al-Qaida chief in a raid on his hideout in Abbotabad in May last year.

The widows -- two Saudi Arabians and a Yemeni -- were held at a house in the capital Islamabad. They were shifted to Islamabad airport from their house in the Embassy Road in Islamabad.

A large contingent of police had been deployed minutes before they left house for the airport. They boarded a coach from their house at G-6 sector of Islamabad. The police covered all windows of the coach to avoid filming by TV cameramen and press photographers who were present in large number outside Osama family house.

The bus was later escorted by police up to airport.

Local media reported that 14 members of Osama family members were handed over to Saudi officials prior to their departure for Saudi Arabia from Islamabad's Benazir Bhutto international airport. Saudi ambassador to Pakistan was also at the airport on the occasion.

Security measures had also been taken at the Islamabad airport on the occasion of the departure. Local media reported that secret gates were opened for the Osama family at the airport.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Abubakr al-Qirbi this month had asked for the release of Osama family members, saying that the family members are innocent and should not be punished for what Osama bin laden had done.

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