2001 News Story

Statement regarding false charges that Saudi Royal was captured with Taleban

In response to media reports that a member of the Saudi Royal Family, Prince Majid bin Abdulaziz, was captured while fighting for the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization in Afghanistan, the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia would like to clarify the following:

  1. HRH Prince Majid bin Abdulaziz, former Governor of Makkah Province, is 64 years of age and has been in the United States since September 23, 2001 for medical treatment, receiving a partial liver transplant.

  2. It is therefore impossible for the circumstances stated in the reports to be accurate. Like all true Muslims he regards the activities of Osama bin Ladin and Al-Qaeda as criminal and contrary to the principles of humanity, and the teachings of every faith, in particular that of Islam. 

It is obvious the report was a case of mistaken identity.