Daughter-in-law of the slain Al-Qaeda’s chief Osama Bin Laden is now a member of the Royal British Legion, a local newspaper reported on Friday.
The 56-year old Zaina, wife of Bin Laden’s son, Omar, has supported the services charity with cash donations for at least five years, the Sun newspaper said.
“Whoever my father-in-law was, a good cause is a good cause. Charity is a big part of my life,” the daily reported her as saying.
Before converting to Islam and marrying the terror mastermind’s son, Zaina was known as Jane Felix Browne.
Zaina met the 31-year-old Omar during a trip to Egypt’s pyramids in 2007, and both decided to tie the knot a month later. Omar is her sixth husband.
“My husband believes people who fight for their countries should be respected and I believe that too. This is a cause deep in my heart and it doesn’t matter who I am married to,” she said, adding “my family were in the British forces and I still have links.”
According to a military source, “the Legion can’t deny her membership purely on the basis of her surname — that would be discrimination. But many members will be appalled.”
Omar’s father responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York that left 2,996 people killed, was eliminated after a U.S. Navy SEALs operation in Pakistan on May 2, 2011. Finding and killing the Bin Laden is considered to be one of the great achievements by the U.S. administration of President Barack Obama.
Next week she is expected to renew her annual membership of her local Legion branch in Moulton, Cheshire.
Zaina said she and Omar wear poppies on Remembrance Day