2004 Press Release

Top Al-Qaeda suspect surrenders to Saudi authorities
Washington DC

A top Al-Qaeda suspect surrendered today to Saudi authorities.  Khalid bin Odeh bin Mohammed Al-Harbi, also known as Abu Sulaiman Al-Makki, surrendered to Saudi authorities at the Saudi Embassy in Iran and was later transported to Saudi Arabia.

Al-Harbi was on the Iranian-Afghan border when he contacted the Saudi Embassy in Tehran to surrender.  On June 23, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offered those involved in terrorist activity a last opportunity to voluntarily surrender within one month, or face resolute and determined force.  Al-Harbi’s surrender was the latest direct result of the offer.

After the offer was originally broadcast on Saudi national television, Sa’aban bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Lailahi Al-Shihri, who had been wanted in a security-related case for two years, became the first militant to accept the offer and surrender to authorities.  On June 28, Osman Hadi Al Maqboul Almery Alomary, also suspected of involvement in terrorist activity and one of the men on a list of Saudi Arabia’s 26 most-wanted, became the second militant to surrender under the terms of the government’s offer.

This offer reflects the Kingdom’s absolute commitment and preparedness to fully eradicate the scourge of terrorism using all resources and powers available to it.

According to Ambassador to the United States Prince Bandar bin Sultan: “The latest surrender of another suspect proves that our offer is having its desired effect.  These suspects are surrendering peacefully and we hope that this trend continues for the final ten days.”