A Saudi citizen who was “lured to restive areas” abroad, has surrendered and been repatriated, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported the interior ministry as saying on Sunday.
The interior ministry, however, didn’t disclose the identity of the man, who is accused of being linked to al-Qaeda. The ministry also did not mention his location outside Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has previously urged those wanted to surrender to present themselves at Saudi embassies, promising they would be repatriated and reunited with their families.
The man “expressed the desire to return home and hand himself over to security services,” SPA quoted a spokesman from the ministry as saying. Saudi authorities have “facilitated his return to the kingdom with his wife,” the spokesman added.
But the man’s “surrender will be taken into consideration” in any legal procedures taken subsequently, the spokesman said without giving any further details.
Saudi Arabia has launched a crackdown on Al-Qaeda after a wave of deadly attacks by the terrorist group in the kingdom between 2003 and 2006.