Osama Bin Laden Wives' Pakistan Deportation Delayed

Passport issue keeps al Qaeda leader's wives from heading to Saudi Arabia.

ByABC News
April 18, 2012, 9:12 AM

April 18, 2012 — -- Osama bin Laden's three wives will wait a little longer to leave Pakistan thanks to a missing passport, a lawyer for the family reportedly said today.

The wives, along with nine children, were expected to be deported to Saudi Arabia late Tuesday, but the process ground to a halt when authorities discovered one of the travelers, a brother of bin Laden's youngest wife, did not have a passport, the lawyer said according to a report by The Associated Press. The group is now expected to leave later today.

The three wives -- two Saudis and one Yemeni -- had been held in Pakistan since bin Laden was killed in early May in a nighttime raid by U.S. Navy SEALs. After the SEAL raid, American officials said they were allowed to speak to the wives once, but the oldest of the three was so combative that nothing at all came from the interrogation. Months later the wives were convicted by a Pakistani court of coming into the country illegally and served a brief detention sentence.

However, in the course of the illegal entry case against bin Laden's wives, investigators revealed new details about the al Qaeda leader's life in the shadows before his demise.

According to a police report obtained by ABC News, bin Laden's youngest wife, Amal Ahmad Abdul Fatah, told investigators that for a majority of the near-decade between the 9/11 attacks and bin Laden's death, he did not live deep in rugged caves in the Afghan border region as was the popular belief but stayed in various houses in major Pakistani cities. While he was hiding, bin Laden managed to father four children -- at least two of whom were born in government hospitals in Pakistan.

A video obtained exclusively by ABC News showing the inside of Bin Laden's last home, a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, revealed that bin Laden and his wives appeared to have lived on the top two floors of the three story house, but bin Laden could separate himself as much as he wished. The house was built to sustain multiple families independent of each other.

Still, Phil Mudd, one of the men who hunted bin Laden with the CIA, said that bin Laden's last years confined in his walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, with multiple wives and children most likely were not stress-free.

"I can only begin to imagine that that looked like American reality TV," said Mudd, "that he was living in some version of the Kardashians in Abbottabad."

ABC News' Nick Schifrin contributed to this report.

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