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Bin Laden's son seeks refuge in Qatar

November 10, 2008
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DUBAI - Osama bin Laden's son Omar and his British wife arrived in the Qatari capital Doha yesterday after being refused entry to Egypt, Al Jazeera television reported.

The Qatar-based television said Omar bin Laden arrived in the Gulf Arab state on an Egyptian passenger aircraft. It gave no further details.

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

The couple, who lived in Egypt for several months in 2007 and 2008, have also been denied entry to Britain.

Airport sources in Egypt said Omar bin Laden, who has not seen the Al Qaeda leader for many years and says he does not support violence, had asked to go to Qatar, where as a Saudi citizen he would have right of entry.

The British authorities have denied Omar bin Laden a visa and the Spanish interior ministry rejected his asylum plea on the grounds that it did not consider he was in danger in Egypt.

REUTERS

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