Omar Osama bin Laden, 27, one of the 19 children of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has sought political asylum in Spain, Interior Ministry sources said Tuesday, reported dpa.
Omar bin Laden arrived on a flight from Cairo to Casablanca in Morocco, which made a stopover in Madrid on Monday.
Bin Laden, who was carrying a Saudi passport, was travelling with his 52-year-old British wife. He applied for asylum immediately. The grounds for the application were not known.
Bin Laden was being held in an airport security area while the Spanish authorities studied his case.
In April, bin Laden was denied a visa to Britain, where he wanted to live with his wife Zaina Mohammed al-Sabah, formerly known as Jane Felix-Browne. Britain said bin Laden's presence would cause public concern.
Omar bin Laden has publicly urged his father to abandon terrorism.
Omar bin Laden is one of Osama bin Laden's 11 children by his first wife. He lived with Osama bin Laden for two decades in Sudan and Afghanistan. He has said he left his father before the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.
Omar bin Laden later worked as a metal trader in Saudi Arabia. He met Zaina Mohammed al-Sabah in Egypt in 2006.