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Saudi Arabia Offers Militants Chance to Surrender

Saudi Arabia offered an amnesty Wednesday to al Qaeda militants not directly involved in recent killings and bombings, but said those with blood on their hands could expect no leniency. “Those who surrender voluntarily within no more than one month from the date of this speech…will be treated according to God’s law,” de facto ruler Crown Prince Abdullah said in a speech on behalf of King Fahd carried on state television. “Members of this group who were not arrested in terrorist operations have a chance to return to God.” Saudi officials have repeatedly said the Islamic sharia law that is applied in the oil kingdom allows leniency for those who turn themselves in. A Saudi security source said Prince Abdullah’s message was aimed at bringing lower-level sympathizers of Saudi-born Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network “back into the fold” before they committed acts of violence. Full Story

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