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MADRID, Spain (CNN) -- One of Osama bin Laden's sons has left Spain
after he was denied asylum in the country, an Interior Ministry
spokeswoman told CNN Saturday.Omar bin Laden left Madrid
Saturday afternoon en route to Cairo, Egypt, she said. The ministry did
not divulge why his request was denied.Spain's decision came
after bin Laden appealed the country's initial decision Wednesday to
deny him asylum. The man, who is married to a British citizen,
previously was denied asylum in Britain. He holds a Saudi passport.Bin
Laden, who is in his late 20s, stepped off a plane from Cairo at
Madrid's Barajas International Airport during a stopover late Monday
and informed authorities that he planned to request asylum, the
spokeswoman said.He was taken to a secure area of the airport for asylum seekers while his request was processed.He
prepared his formal asylum request Tuesday at the airport with the help
of a translator, the spokeswoman said. It was not known on what grounds
bin Laden based his request.He has publicly called on his father -- who is the leader of al Qaeda and the world's most-wanted man -- to abandon terrorism.Last year, 7,664 people requested asylum in Spain. The government granted that status to only 570, the spokeswoman said.