One of Osama bin Laden’s sons is claiming political asylum in Spain.
Omar Ossama bin Laden made the claim on a stop-over in Madrid’s Barajas airport on Monday.
The 27-year-old was flying from Cairo to Casablanca with his 52-year-old wife, Jane Felix-Browne, who is a grandmother from Cheshire.
Reasons for the claim are not clear but immigration officials say they will decide by Friday.
The Spanish Interior Minister said: “Commissioners are examining whether he has a legal claim for asylum and if it is right to grant it to him here in our country.”
He can appeal if he is refused asylum.
Omar, the fourth eldest of Ossama’s 17 children, insists he is a pacifist who doesn’t share his father’s beliefs.
But British officials, banning him from entry to the UK earlier this year, told him there was evidence he was still loyal to his father, the world’s most wanted terrorist.
It is believed Omar Ossama bin Laden trained in an Al-Qaeda terrorist camp in Afghanistan in the year 2000.