2007 News Story

Interior Minister briefs Shura Council on counterterrorism efforts

Minister of Interior Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz attended today’s Shura (Consultative) Council meeting to brief members on the Kingdom’s counterterrorism efforts.

Prince Nayef praised the Saudi security forces, noting that authorities have foiled a number of dangerous terrorist plots. If only ten percent of these plots had come to fruition it would have caused disaster, he added.  He again called on the Kingdom’s ulema, intellectuals and the media to do their part to confront the deviant thought.

Commenting on the judicial process for the militants, Prince Nayef said that some of the terrorists have already been sentenced and that the Ministry of Justice is in the process of assigning judges to additional cases in Riyadh and Jeddah.

In a press conference after the briefing, Prince Nayef described his meeting with the Shura Council as constructive and transparent.

He said that details about sources of terrorist funding would be announced at a later date pending further information. The prince also said that efforts are underway to establish security units for oil facilities.