Bin Laden's son wants British visa

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London, Jan 13: Osama Bin Laden's son has applied for a British visa to live with his wife in Britain.

Omar Bin Laden, 26, who admits attending terror training with the Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, was interviewed with his wife Jane Felix-Browne, 52, by British Embassy officials in Cairo, where he is currently living. The couple plans to settle down in Jane's 550,000 pounds villa in Moulton, Cheshire, have a child through a surrogate mother and work as 'peace activists'.

Omar and six-times-married Jane, who changed her name to Zaina Al Sabah Bin Laden, have given the Embassy access to their bank accounts to check on the authenticity of their relationship.

The son of the world's most wanted man divorced his first wife, the mother of his two-year-old son, to prove his marriage to Jane was genuine. The couple claimed they have been assured that the visa application would be accepted when the Embassy receives the divorce documents from Saudi Arabia, proving Omar is solely married to Jane.

The couple married following a whirlwind romance in September 2006 after meeting outside the Pyramids in Cairo. They gave their application to the Embassy in Cairo last November.

The couple are organising a 3,000-mile horse ride from Cairo to Morocco in support of 'peace' and in defiance of the threat of terrorist attacks in the area.

Omar, who last saw his father in Afghanistan in 2000, told The Daily Mail, ''Associates of my father forced the cancellation of the Dakar Rally, but they won't stop me from riding.'' ''We want people to join us on the trek, Jews, Arabs, Christians, Muslims, it doesn't matter they are from,'' he said.

Jane and Omar reportedly divorced last year, but it had been staged following a series of death threats. Jane, who has three sons and five grandchildren, said they were now looking for a surrogate mother so that she could have a child with her new husband.

Immigration lawyer Laura Divine said the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office would usually accept an application for a marriage and settlement visa if all the eligibility criteria were satisfied.

''They would want to see Bin Laden's divorce papers because it is the woman in this case applying for her husband to join her, and that husband must have only one wife,'' she said. The British Embassy refused to comment on individual cases.


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