2003 News Story

Adnan El Shukrijumah is not a Saudi citizen

[Washington, DC] -- The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia again feels the need to correct the issue regarding the nationality of Mr. Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, wanted in connection with possible threats against the United States. On March 31, 2003, the Ministry of Interior announced that Shukrijumah is not, and never has been, a Saudi citizen, as had been widely reported then and is again being reported now.

His father, Gulshai El Shukrijumah, worked in Saudi Arabia for 27 years as an expatriate employee until 1986 when the family moved to the United States.  The father did not have Saudi citizenship.  His son, Adnan El Shukrijumah, is also not a Saudi citizen and if he is traveling using a Saudi passport, then he has obtained it and is using it illegally.

It is unfortunate that the media continues to identify him as a Saudi citizen, ignoring the facts.

Saudi Arabia is vigilant in combating terrorism; it pursues terrorists vigorously and punishes them mercilessly.