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Bin Laden's son in UK visa appeal

Omar Osama Bin Laden and his wife Zaina Alsabah-Bin Laden
The couple are hoping to move to a house in Cheshire

One of Osama Bin Laden's sons is to mount a legal challenge after being refused entry to live in the UK with his 52-year-old British wife.

Omar Osama Bin Laden, 27, was told his visa application had been rejected because of newspaper suggestions he could still be loyal to his father.

He currently lives in Cairo, Egypt with wife Zaina Alsabah-Bin Laden, formerly named Jane Felix-Browne, from Cheshire.

Mr Bin Laden, one of 19 siblings, has publicly condemned terrorism.

The couple hoped to move to Mrs Bin Laden's home in the village of Moulton, near Northwich in Cheshire, where she was a member of the parish council until recently.

Mrs Bin Laden, who is severely visually impaired, said she needed access to medical treatment in the UK but refused to be apart from her husband.

'Three chances'

Speaking from Cairo, she said: "It is a lovely place and we have a really nice home, the problem is it's not 'home'.

"Home is where you have family and my home is in England... we are happy here but it's not what we want."

She added: "He has not been banned from coming, he has got three chances to appeal, he has two chances through an appeal judge and one through the European Court of Human Rights."

The couple said the application was finally turned down earlier this month after a six-month wait after an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) judged that it might not be "conducive to the public good".

It is thought the official was referring to comments made by Mr Bin Laden that he could not prove 100% that his father - whom he says he has not seen since he was 19 - was responsible for September 11 or the London bombings.

Mrs Bin Laden said his comments on proof simply referred to the fact that he had no direct evidence of his father's involvement.

(It) seems that an individual's rights have been overridden by newspaper articles
Amjad Malik, the Bin Ladens' lawyer

She insisted her husband had been able to visit other European countries freely.

During the most recent trip they parted briefly so she could enter Britain alone to visit a doctor.

"Refusal decisions in such cases are not normally based on evidence obtained from newspaper articles and reports," a statement drafted by the couple's lawyer, Amjad Malik, said.

"In fact they must be made on accurate facts, rules of immigration and the law of the land.

"However the reasoning given in the decision by the ECO on April 17 2008 is not just and is arbitrary.

"(It) seems that an individual's rights have been overridden by newspaper articles and his biological relationship to his father."

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