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Full text of Saudi Interior Ministry statement designating terrorist organizations (includes Muslim Brotherhood)

Full text of Saudi Interior Ministry statement designating terrorist
Asharq Al-Awsat Saturday, 8 Mar, 2014

Thirty-day deadline to renounce terrorist ideologies extended by 15 days

Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat—Saudi Arabia on Friday issued a list formally
designating the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria
(ISIS), “Hezbollah in the Kingdom,” Yemen’s Houthi Movement, and all
branches of Al-Qaeda, including the Al-Nusra Front, as terrorist

The list comes following a royal decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, last month, clamping down on
terrorist. The full text of the Interior Ministry’s statement can be read

“In reference to Royal Order A/44 dated 3/4/1435H, Article IV of which
authorizes the formation of a committee with members from the Ministry of
Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Islamic Affairs,
Endowments, Call, and Guidance, Ministry of Justice, Court of Grievances,
and Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, the task of which is to
file a list (to be updated periodically) of the factions and groups
identified in item 2 of the Article I of the Royal Order and process the
list for final endorsement.

The Ministry hereby seeks to make known that the said committee has met and
discussed the issue, and has sent the list of recommendations to the Royal
Court. The following rulings criminalize citizens and residents:

1- The promotion of atheistic ideologies in any form as well as any attempt
to cast doubt on the fundamentals of Islam, the religion on which this
country stands.

2- Whoever betrays one’s oath of allegiance to the leaders of this country
or swears allegiance to a party, organization, group, faction, or individual
whether inside or outside the country.

3- Taking part in, calling for, or promoting the fighting in conflicts in
other countries, or issuing fatwa supporting the matter.

4- Whoever is a member of or endorses those parties, organizations, groups,
factions, or gatherings; or is sympathetic towards or promoting their
ideologies or holds meetings under their umbrella whether inside or outside
the Kingdom. This includes taking part in all audio-visual and written
media, internet, social communication networks and promotion of their
contents in anyway; included also are their emblems, mottos and any signs
that show support.

5- Financial or material donations to or funding of the extremist and
terroristic organizations, factions, and groups, or sheltering their members
or their promoters inside or outside the Kingdom.

6- Contacting or communicating with groups or factions or individuals who
harbor enmity for the Kingdom.

7- Being loyal to, in liaison with, or communicating with another country,
with the intention of exploiting the secure unity and stability of the
Kingdom and its people.

8- The pursuit of unsettling the social and national fabric, or the call
for, participation in, or promotion of sit-ins, demonstrations, gatherings,
collective statements, or any actions that touch the unity and stability of
the Kingdom under any reason and in any form.

9- Attendance of conferences, forums, or gatherings inside or outside the
Kingdom that target the Kingdom’s security and stability, and instigate
social disorder.

10- Committing offenses against other countries and/or their leaders.

11- Soliciting the help of States, international organizations or bodies
against the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Interior notes that these recommendations have been endorsed
by Royal Order 16820 dated 5/51435H and will be enforced, effective from
8/5/1435H (March 9, 2014). Whoever violates these will be held accountable
for all former and later violations. The King has further ordered that those
who took part in any way in the fighting outside the Kingdom be given an
extra extension period of 15 days as of the issuance of this statement to
rethink their position and return immediately home, hoping that they will
heed reason and come to their better senses.

Along with this, the Ministry of Interior attaches here the first list of
parties, groups and factions addressed by this statement:

Al-Qaida Organization- Al-Qaida Organization in the Arabian Peninsula –
Al-Qaida Organization in Yemen- Al-Qaida Organization in Iraq- Al-Nusra
Front- Hezbollah in the Kingdom- the Muslim Brotherhood – The Houthi Group.

It should be noted that included also are any similar organizations with
similar ideologies, discourses, and actions along with all those groups and
factions noted on the lists of the Security Council and international bodies
and are identified as terroristic and committed to violence.

The Ministry will update this list periodically in accordance with the
mandate of the Royal Order. It also calls on all to fully abide by its
directives, and warns at the same time that the Ministry will not be lenient
or tolerant in enforcing its terms.’

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