2003 Press Release

Adnan El Shukrijumah is not a Saudi citizen

[Riyadh, Saudi Arabia] The Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia today announced that Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, wanted in connection with possible threats against the United States, is not, nor has been, a Saudi citizen, as has been widely reported.

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 certain people jumped to conclusions and named him a Saudi citizen without having the complete facts.

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