posted on Jun, 28 2004 @ 08:39 AM
A clear sign that the Saudi amnesty offer has a chance of working was demonstated by the surrender of Othman al-Amri one of the top 26 militants
wanted by the Saudi authorities. The Saudi government last week offered amnesty for one month to those that turn themselves in however familys that
had crimes committed against them will still be able to press charges to those that surrender.
RIYADH, June 28 (Reuters) - Senior Saudi militant Othman al-Amri surrendered to authorities early on Monday after the kingdom announced a one-month
amnesty for suspects, one of his cousins said.
Amri, one of 26 top militant suspects listed in December by Saudi Arabia, gave himself up early on Monday in the southerly Asir province, said the
cousin, who declined to be named.
A Saudi security source said Amri, who had fought in Afghanistan, was close to Saaban al-Shihri, a militant who turned himself in last week. Shihri
was not on the list of 26 suspects.
Interior Minister Prince Nayef ibn Abdulaziz said, "After the one-month deadline we will hit them harder"
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Having one of the 26 named militants turn themselves in along with another that was a militant not named on the list seems to offer the hope of
progress in countering terror based in Saudi Arabia.
[edit on 28-6-2004 by Phoenix]
[edit on 28-6-2004 by Zion Mainframe]