Saudi has 'no suspicions' about Bin Ladens

By AFP
Published: April 29, 2012

At request of Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia, steps were taken to facilitate return of Bin Laden's family. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

RIYADH: A Saudi spokesman said late on Saturday that his government has no suspicions about relatives of slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden who were deported from Pakistan last week, breaking an official news blackout over their admission to the kingdom.

“Saudi Arabia acted out of humanitarian considerations… in so far as there are no reports or evidence of any implication in criminal or illegal acts,” the official Saudi Press Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.

“At the request of the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia, steps were taken to facilitate the return of members of Osama bin Laden’s family, who arrived on Thursday night in Jeddah where they were welcomed by their relatives,” the spokesman added.

“It is inappropriate to discuss in any way the details of the private life of the Bin Laden family in Saudi Arabia.”

Earlier on Saturday, a Saudi-owned daily reported that the authorities had allowed Bin Laden’s three widows and their children entrance into the kingdom on humanitarian grounds.

Citing a senior Saudi official, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat said the kingdom “dealt with bin Laden’s wives on humanitarian grounds,” adding that the authorities were confident that they and the children “were not involved in” the operations of the extremist group.

At around midnight Pakistan time on Thursday, a minivan whisked the 9/11 mastermind’s relatives from the Islamabad house where they had been in custody to the city’s airport. They left for Saudi Arabia just before 2:00 am (2100 GMT Thursday).

A Pakistani interior ministry spokesman said deportation orders were issued for 14 Bin Laden relatives to Saudi Arabia, “the country of their choice.” The family was previously thought to number 12 — three widows, eight children and one grandchild.

After being held for 10 months, the widows and two of Bin Laden’s older daughters were sentenced by a Pakistani court to 45 days’ detention in their Islamabad house on charges of illegal entry and residency and ordered to be deported.

Their deportation comes nearly a year after the Al-Qaeda leader was killed in a US commando raid.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Apr 29, 2012 - 2:33PM

    Kudos to the Saudis for accepting the Bin Laden family back.

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  • lamb of God
    Apr 29, 2012 - 3:41PM

    Three wives? OBL sure knew how to have a good time. Good Riddance

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  • Apr 29, 2012 - 4:50PM

    @abdussamad:
    If the women are Saudi nationals they will take them back, but not the non Saudi Yemeni wife. No ways!

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  • Blackbirdz
    Apr 29, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @Dr Priyanka: u seem to be be too concerned abt his family’s role in saudia arabia

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  • Sonya
    Apr 29, 2012 - 10:32PM

    They are your citizens for God sake, what humanitarian grounds !

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  • History of the beduins
    Apr 29, 2012 - 11:23PM

    Nothing is humanitarian about Saudis, it's all for their own safety from humiliation. After all, they ordered U.S to dump OBL body in the sea. He was their man and this is his family, it's as simple as that.

    The family will be locked-up in a desert castle for life.

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  • Imran
    Apr 30, 2012 - 12:47AM

    Bin Ladens are the wealthiest family in Saudi, and they run the country. Im sure the government was pressured to let them in. Thats why I still doubt Osama was buried at sea. He is got to be buried in Saudi somewhere.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Apr 30, 2012 - 1:58PM

    It’s verg gracious and generous of Saudi Arabia to grant bin Laden’s widows and children asylum in the country. There they can live a normal life again after years of isolation.

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