Published November 20, 2014
The family of slain terror boss Usama bin Laden is expected to be deported from Pakistan early Wednesday, their lawyer and an intelligence official have told AFP.
The former Al Qaeda leader's family members, including three widows, will complete a short sentence of detention Tuesday for illegally entering and residing in Pakistan.
Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 terror attacks, was living with some of his family in a compound in Abbottabad, north of the Pakistan capital of Islamabad, when he was killed during a May 2011 raid by a team of US Navy SEALs. His family was detained after the raid.
"They will go tonight or tomorrow early in the morning. After 12 tonight they can be deported any time," their lawyer Muhammad Aamir told AFP on Tuesday.
Aamir said the family -- who number 12, including bin Laden's three widows, eight children and one grandchild -- would probably initially go to Saudi Arabia.
He said bin Laden's youngest and reportedly favorite wife, Amal Abdulfattah, who is Yemeni, may be sent to Yemen afterward with her five children.
A Pakistani intelligence official confirmed to AFP that the family was expected to be deported "sometime around midnight" and said "most likely they would be flown to Saudi Arabia."