6 Nov 2008

Spain rejects asylum request by son of Bin Laden

3:26 pm on 6 November 2008

Spain has rejected a request by Osama bin Laden's son, Omar, for political asylum.

He was previously refused permission to live in England with his British wife.

In a statement on Wednesday, Omar and his wife, Zaina Alsabah bin Laden, said the petition was turned down "on the grounds of insufficient evidence of danger or threat to his life".

It said they are having a "very difficult time" finding a country that will accept Omar, because of his family name.

Omar bin Laden, 28, is the fourth of 11 children born to his father's first wife.

He requested asylum on Monday on arrival at Barajas airport in Madrid on an Egypt Air flight from Cairo, where he lives with his 52-year-old wife, formerly known as Jane Felix-Browne. The couple were married in 2006.

In April, British authorities turned down a request from Omar bin Laden, a former scrap-metal merchant, for a settlement visa.

In 2004, 191 people were killed by bombs planted on commuter trains in Madrid.