Omar Osama bin Laden, the Qaida leader’s self-styled “pacifist son,” landed in Madrid yesterday en route to Morocco and immediately applied for asylum. The merits of his case are being investigated, and a decision should be made within 72 hours, according to the Spanish minister of interior. Bin Laden, who travels with a Saudi passport, had previously sought asylum at the British Embassy in Egypt, but was denied on the grounds that granting the benefit would cause “considerable public concern.” He is currently being detained at Barajas airport.
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