2004 News Story

Crown Prince confirms grace period for terrorist surrender

Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received in Jeddah yesterday princes, ministers, and senior officials, including delegations from Makkah, Jizan, and Al-Hasa, who all strongly condemned the recent acts of terrorism in the Kingdom, expressed their full support for the government, and denounced the killing of innocent people, the intimidation of people who think themselves safe, the destabilization of security and the destruction of property. They also praised the grace period granted to individuals of the deviant group to repent and return to the right track.

Crown Prince Abdullah affirmed that the deviant group will be eliminated, but urged patience. The grace period, he said, comes from the entire Saudi people through Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, adding: “Our intention is sincere and emanates from religion”. Anyone of the deviant group who voluntarily surrenders himself within a month of the announcement will experience the mercy of Shariah [Islamic Law], which nevertheless provides for punishment for those who have committed crimes. Anyone who continues on the path of evil, he said, will face the government’s full force.
Meanwhile, at its regular meeting today, the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura) endorsed King Fahd’s grace period initiative, praising it and urging all those involved in violence, crimes and criminal actions both inside and outside the Kingdom to take up the offer. The Shura Council affirmed that these criminal acts have only served the enemies of religion and the homeland.