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It's all too easy to fall into the trap of demonising our enemies, so as a corrective, spare a thought this afternoon for Osama bin Laden, whose son Omar is getting divorced from his English wife after just two months … Read More

By / September 19, 2007

It's all too easy to fall into the trap of demonising our enemies, so as a corrective, spare a thought this afternoon for Osama bin Laden, whose son Omar is getting divorced from his English wife after just two months of connubial bliss.

Jane Felix-Browne, 51, from Moulton, near Northwich, married Omar Osama Bin Laden, 27, in July, after romance blossomed during a holiday in Egypt.

At the time the ex-parish councillor said she married him for love and did not care about his family's background. But she said there were now "two very very serious issues that have threatened our lives and our liberty".

"We have had to get divorced because of threats from two major sources in Saudi Arabia," she said. "I know from who the threats have come but I'm not prepared to say.

"The threats are not from the general public, not from the government."

After five – count 'em, five – previous marriages, Jane obviously thought that this relationship, with the young scrap metal dealer whom she met whilst horseriding near the Great Pyramid, would be different. Alas, having the world's most wanted man as your father-in-law has not been easy, even if the relationship between bin Ladens I and II is somewhat strained. Sources tell me that Osama didn't even front up for the wedding bash. 

More disturbing, though, is the possibility that the couple face death threats as a result of their union. It's unclear why - Felix-Browne was married to another Saudi man at the age of 16, takes the Muslim name Zaina Mohammed, and appears to all intents and purposes to be a Muslim - but either way, it's clearly a miserable situation. After all, their marriage is based on such strong foundations:

"We have an awful lot in common," she said. "We love the deserts. We are both pretty religious."

Kinda like the Jews and the Arabs.

"It is against Islam to be forced into any divorce and as far as I am concerned this divorce will never stand up in a Sharia court. [...] The threats have put an end to my marriage but we will re-marry."

All very strange. Anyway, here's hoping, Jane, that your seventh marriage is happier than your sixth. Osama isn't getting younger, and that vast underground complex of caves must get awfully lonely sometimes without the sound of grandchildren playing in the dust.

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