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Egypt Refuses Entry to Bin Laden's Son


Egypt has refused entry to a son of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden after Spain denied his request for political asylum.

Omar bin Laden arrived in Cairo Saturday, after Spanish authorities rejected his appeal of a court ruling earlier in the day.

Omar bin Laden, one of the al-Qaida leader's 19 children, says he does not feel safe in Egypt, where he had been living before going to Spain. Egyptian officials say he has requested to be flown to Qatar.

Spain's interior minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, has said Omar bin Laden does not meet Spanish legal requirements for political asylum. But Omar bin Laden's wife says her husband is desperate and worried about their safety.

Omar bin Laden says he has not seen his father since leaving him in Afghanistan in 2000.

Earlier this year, British authorities rejected Omar bin Laden's request for permission to live in Britain after he married a British woman. British officials said they based their decision on fears his presence would raise significant public concern.

Omar bin Laden's father has claimed to be the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.


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