3 Apr 2012

Bin Laden's women sentenced to prison

9:06 am on 3 April 2012

Osama Bin Laden's three widows and two of his daughters have been sentenced to 45 days in prison for living in Pakistan illegally.

The widows were taken into custody after Bin Laden was killed last May.

The BBC reports their lawyer has confirmed they have also been fined 10,000 rupees ($US114) each.

The women have already served a month of their sentence and are expected to be deported in two weeks.

Officials say formal legal proceedings against them began last month.

Lawyer Atif Ali Khan told the BBC that they were very happy with the verdicts and were looking forward to being reunited with their families soon.

Bin Laden lived in the north-western city of Abbottabad with his wives and children for nearly five years.

His youngest wife Amal Abdulfattah claims that he fathered four children with her while they were on the run.

Bin Laden was killed on 2 May 2011 by US Navy Seals.