The family of Osama bin Laden, the lead suspect in the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Africa, has sponsored two fellowships at Harvard University since 1992, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Both fellowships are devoted to Islamic studies, and both are named after the prominent Saudi Arabian family, which is worth about $5 billion.Harvard spokesman Alex Huppe would not say how much the fellowships were worth, but he differentiated between the family and the alleged terrorist, saying, "It's clear the Saudi bin Laden money is being put to good use here."
Osama bin Laden was banned from Saudi Arabia in 1991, while he was living in Sudan.
Kenneth Katzman, a former CIA analyst, said bin Laden's link to his family is now tenuous at best.
Officials believe bin Laden may have as many as 52 siblings.