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30 November 2023

Osama bin Laden wives not tied to terror: KSA

Women are seen in a vehicle carrying the family members of Osama Bin Laden as it leaves for the airport from a house in Islamabad April 26, 2012. The family of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, killed almost a year ago by American special forces in a military town in northwest Pakistan, were being deported from Pakistan early on Friday morning, the family lawyer told Reuters. (REUTERS)


Saudi Arabia says there is no evidence that Osama bin Laden's wives and family members deported to the kingdom are involved in terrorism.

Sunday's statement indicated Saudi Arabia would agree to host the entire 14-member group, including three wives and children of the late al-Qaida leader. They were deported on Friday from Pakistan.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency cites an official source saying there is no evidence of the family's involvement in any ``criminal or illegal acts.''

One of the widows is Yemeni and the other two are Saudi citizens.

Bin Laden was killed a year ago in a U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan. Saudi Arabia revoked bin Laden's citizenship in 1994.