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Osama’s son, 27, weds granny, 51
He first saw her horse-riding near Great Pyramid in Egypt
July 13, 2007
SHE is a grandmother of five who has been married five times before.
He is the son of the most-wanted man on the planet, Osama bin Laden.
She is a British parish councillor and is a keen horse-rider and scuba diver.
He works as a scrap metal dealer in Jeddah and is under surveillance by the security services in Saudi Arabia.
Worlds apart, but Ms Jane Felix-Browne, 51, and Mr Omar Ossama bin Laden, 27, are now married in the most unlikely of romances.
The Times in London reported that Ms Felix-Browne, who now uses the Islamic name Zaina Mohamad, met Mr bin Laden in September last year while undergoing treatment for multiple sclerosis, a serious illness affecting the nerve cells in the brain and spine.
She said that their fairytale romance began when her future husband saw her riding a horse near the Great Pyramid.
They were married in Islamic ceremonies in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and are awaiting permission from the authorities in Riyadh to make their marriage official.
She told The Times: ‘It would be nice if, like any other married woman, I could stand up and say this is my husband and this is his name, but I have to be realistic about things.
‘I hope people don’t judge me too harshly. I married the son, not the father.’
Ms Felix-Browne says she is aware that some people will be hostile to her marriage. Among the numerous terrorist plots linked to her new father-in-law are the London suicide bombings on 7 Jul, 2005 and the recent attempted attacks in London and Glasgow.
‘I just married the man I met and fell in love with - to me he is just Omar,’ she said.
‘I hope that people will take a step back and think what it was like when they fell in love… His heart is pure, he is pious, quiet, a true gentleman, and he is my best friend.’
Ms Felix-Browne, says that she speaks to her husband for several hours every day over the Internet or by telephone. During their conversations, she refers to him repeatedly as ‘Habibi’, Arabic for ‘my love’.
She was aware before her marriage that her husband already had another wife and a 2-year-old child. ‘I haven’t seen her but I have spoken to her for about an hour on the telephone,’ she said.
Ms Felix-Browne is still coming to terms with the difficulties of being the daughter-in-law of a man with a US$25million ($38m) bounty on his head.
She said: ‘Omar is wary of everyone. He is constantly watching people who he feels might be following him… He is the son of Osama.’
Ms Felix-Browne already knew some members of the bin Laden family through her Islamic marriage to a Saudi man in London when she was 16.
She believes that she actually met Osama bin Laden at a party in London in the 1970s.
She said that her husband left Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks on the US. However, some reports claim that he split from his father only after the attack on New York and an argument about tactics.
Ms Felix-Browne insisted: ‘He last saw his father in 2000 when they were both in Afghanistan. He left his father because he did not feel it was right to fight or to be in an army.
‘He told me he has had no contact with his father since the day he left.
‘He misses his father. Omar doesn’t know if it was his father who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. I don’t think we will ever know.‘
Ms Felix-Browne was initially reluctant to discuss her new husband but news of their relationship inevitably leaked out in the UK and the Middle East.
Now she hopes that Mr bin Laden will come to Britain. ‘He would like to spend quite a bit of time here,’ she said. ‘There is no reason why he should not come to live, but I don’t think he would like the weather.’
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