Saudi Terror suspect to surrender

JEDDAH — A Saudi terror suspect, Jabir bin Jibran bin Ali Al Faifi, who is listed as number 20 on the February 2009 Ministry of Interior list of persons wanted in connection with security issues, has made moves to surrender to the Kingdom’s authorities, according to the Ministry of Interior .

By Habib Shaikh

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Published: Sun 17 Oct 2010, 10:07 PM

Last updated: Thu 26 Oct 2023, 12:05 PM

In a statement released on Friday, the ministry said that Al Faifi had gone through the Al Munasaha terrorist rehabilitation programme after returning from Guantanamo Bay before joining up again with extremists in 

The ministry said that the Mohammed bin Nayef Al Munasaha Centre received telephone contact from Al Faifi, in which he ‘revealed the conditions that sons of the nation who had been seduced by false calls were living in’.

Al Faifi reportedly ‘expressed regret at what he had done’ and his ‘resolute wish to return to the country and hand himself in to security authorities’.

According to the statement, the Kingdom’s security officials have been working with counterparts in Yemen to arrange the return of Al Faifi, who will be permitted to meet with his family as soon as he arrives in the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Interior spokesman said in Friday’s statement that the ‘tables have turned’ on followers of ‘deviant ideology’ abroad.

The ministry reiterated its appeal to all wanted persons to hand themselves in to the authorities, a move that would, it said, be taken into consideration when their cases are reviewed.

In a related development, a recent report said that 300 Internet websites are dedicated to the propagation of ‘deviant ideology’ compared to only five challenging extremist views.

The sites opposing extremist ideology are few and far between compared to the increasing number of ‘takfeeri sites,’ said author of the study Fayez Al Shehri, a researcher specialising in the press and Internet.

“Sites that preach moderation number only 80, and most statistics and reports monitoring radical websites are published by Israeli or Jewish organisations in America,” he said.

According to Al Shehri’s report, the 300 ‘takfeeri’ websites which incite to killing are run by unidentified persons or groups who follow deviant thought and promote terrorism.

Only last week Majed Al Mursal, advisor to the Minister of Islamic Affairs and Al Munasaha member, said that the Communications and Information Technology Commission’s failure to monitor the Internet was leading to an increase in the number of extremists.

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