Bin Laden's widows 'have no terror links'


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The Independent Online

Saudi Arabia has no evidence that Osama bin Laden's three wives and and reportedly 11 children deported from Pakistan have been involved in terrorism, officials said yesterday in an apparent indication that they will allow the group to remain in the kingdom.

The late al-Qa'ida leader's family were met in the Red Sea city of Jiddah by other members of bin Laden's extended clan. The group had spent a year in Pakistani custody after Bin Laden was killed by US special forces in the country in May last year. The Saudi Press Agency said the deportations last Friday were handled on "humanitarian, legal and religious" grounds.