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Bin Laden in-laws demand widow's repatriation to Yemen

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The Yemeni family of Osama bin Laden’s youngest widow on Tuesday demanded that she be repatriated to Yemen from Pakistan along with her five children.

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US intelligence services have reportedly questioned 29-year-old Amal Abdulfattah, as well as bin Laden’s two other widows, who were captured in the raid that killed their husband on 2 May.

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“We want her to be repatriated with her five children – three daughters and two sons,” said her brother Zakariya Abdulfattah. “The eldest among them is [a daughter] Safiya who is less than 10-years-old.”

The National Organisations for Defending Rights and Freedoms (Hood), a Yemeni human rights organisation, said it was working on behalf of Abdulfattah’s family and claimed the US was still detaining her in Pakistan.

“We will call on the Yemeni government to demand the release and repatriation of Amal, who is detained and being questioned in Pakistan by the Americans,” Abdulrahman Baraman, a lawyer for Hood, said. “She is innocent. Her only crime was having married Osama bin Laden."

Bin Laden married Abdulfattah in 1999 and she travelled to Afghanistan with her new husband, her brother said. Islam permits men to have up to four wives at the same time.

Pakistan says that Yemen and Saudi Arabia have not yet requested extradition of the women and children.

 

Russia’s most wanted Islamic rebel leaders, Doku Umarov, said on Tuesday that Osama bin Laden’s death would not be a significant setback for the Islamist movement.

 “As for whether Osama bin Laden’s death will affect the world, in my opinion even the kafirs [unbelievers] do not believe their life has got easier”, a statement attributed to him said online.

Umarov is Russia’s most wanted man and leads the Caucasus Emirate, which want to establish an Islamic state in North Caucasus, Russia.

He is wanted in connection with January's Moscow airport bombing and the suicide attack on the city’s metro system in March 2010.

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