KHAMIS MUSHAYT – The father of Saeed Al-Shehri, the second man in the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has warned against answering the call for funding made by his son recently in a video message broadcast on the Internet.
Speaking by phone Sunday from the family residence in Khamis Mushayt, Ali Jaber Al-Khutheim said that his son accused him of being an “infidel” before he left for Yemen and stopped praying with the neighbors in the local mosque because he though that they were infidels for taking monthly salaries from the government. It was only his “corrupt way of thinking,” the father said.
“He himself was earning free SR3,000 a month from that government,” the father said. Saeed’s marriage expenses and home furniture were paid by the government, he added.
Saeed Al-Shehri is believed to have recruited many of Saudi Guantanamo returnees to join the AQAP.
Al-Shehri, who is in hiding in Yemen with other members of the terror network, appeared in the video recording seeking funds for “jihad” and the “mujahideen,” but analysts say that the call will not succeed in the light of the failed assassination attempt on Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, Assistant Deputy Interior Minister for Security Affairs, on August 28, which received condemnation across the board.
“I don’t believe a Muslim who fears Allah and guards his religion and countrymen would respond to these misguided appeals as everyone knows the legitimate place to donate,” and charity money should go to the cave inhabitants in Yemen,” he said.
“In the video I saw Saeed turning into a beggar for Al-Qaeda. Shame on him.”
“If Saeed does not go back to the right path, may Allah take his life, so that the Muslims may be relieved of his evil and sick mind,” the father said.
“My son lacks intelligence and solid knowledge of religion as his education did not go beyond third grade. So how could people trust and give to an ignorant and sick person like him?” Al-Khutheim added. – Okaz/SG