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Bin Laden's son deported to Qatar

Omar Osama Bin Laden and his wife Zaina Alsabah Bin Laden
Mr Bin Laden says he has not spoken to his father for eight years

One of Osama Bin Laden's sons is in Qatar after being deported from Egypt and Spain following failed asylum bids.

Omar Bin Laden, 27, has said he does not share his father's views and has not seen him since 2000.

His British wife, Zaina Alsabah Bin Laden (formerly Jane Felix-Browne) said their condemnation of al-Qaeda had put their lives in danger in the Mid-East.

Their legal status in Qatar was not known. They have also been unsuccessful in securing British visas.

Mr Bin Laden, one of the al-Qaeda leader's 19 sons, made his claim for asylum in Madrid during a stopover on a flight from Egypt to Morocco with his 52-year-old wife.

We have finally found somewhere where we can stay and we thank the government - we cannot thank them enough
Zaina Alsabah Bin Laden

He said the petition was rejected due to "insufficient evidence of danger or threat to [his] life". An appeal against the ruling is also believed to have been rejected.

The couple were then barred from entering Egypt, where they have lived for the past year. It was not known why Egypt denied them entry.

Officials at Cairo airport said the pair were deported to Qatar, where Mr Bin Laden, who has Saudi nationality, should normally have the right to live.

"We have finally found somewhere where we can stay and we thank the government. We cannot thank them enough," Mr Bin Laden's wife was quoted by AFP news agency as saying.

Omar Bin Laden, a metals trader, says he has urged his father to give up violence and has not seen him for eight years.

Mrs Bin Laden says his life is in danger because he "stands up and asks for peace".

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