Egypt denies entry to bin Laden son

Other News Materials 9 November 2008 17:00 (UTC +04:00)

Egypt on Sunday refused entry to Omar bin Laden, the son of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and put him and his British wife on a plane to the Qatari capital Doha, airport sources said, dpa reported.

Omar bin Laden arrived in Cairo on Saturday from Madrid after the Spanish authorities refused his request for asylum.

The airport sources said he had asked to go to Qatar, where as a Saudi citizen he would normally have right of entry.

Bin Laden spent almost a week in Spain trying to get political asylum after arriving there Monday. He and his British wife, Zaina al-Sabah, 52, had flown into Madrid on a stopover for a flight from Cairo to Casablanca in Morocco.

He requested asylum on the grounds that he did not feel safe in Saudi Arabia, where he is a citizen, or in Egypt, where he lives, or in any other Arab country.

However, Spain's interior ministry rejected the application, saying that bin Laden does not face persecution in his native Saudi Arabia.

Omar bin Laden is the fourth of 19 children fathered by Osama bin Laden. In April, he made an unsuccessful bid for political asylum in Britain.