2004 Press Release

King Fahd promises resolute force if militants don’t surrender
Washington DC

In a televised address today read by Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Commander of the National Guard, on behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdulaziz, the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offered those involved in terrorist activity a last opportunity to repent and voluntarily surrender within one month from the date of this address, or face resolute and determined force.  Whoever surrenders will be assured safety and due process in accordance with Shariah [Islamic Law].

This response to recent attacks on citizens and residents of Saudi Arabia 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 the statement read by the Crown Prince and televised to the entire nation, “If the rational accept this, they will find safety. And if the arrogant reject it, then by God, tolerance will not prevent us from striking them with all the power we derive from our reliance on God Almighty.”

The government of Saudi Arabia, he said, is extending this offer as a last chance for those who are hesitating to surrender.  The statement indicated that the door for forgiveness and return to the right path is open.  “We give all those who belong to that group, which did injustice to itself, and who were not arrested in terrorist action, the chance to return to God and reconsider. Those who accept this and choose to surrender voluntarily within a period not exceeding one month from the date of this speech will be safe and will be treated in accordance to the Law [Shariah] with regard to the rights of others.”

[Full text of King Fahd's address]