AMV condemns murder of American in Saudi Arabia
(June 18, 2004) – American Muslim Voice (AMV) condemned today in the strongest possible terms the barbaric murder of American hostage Paul M. Johnson Jr. in Saudi Arabia who had been held since last week by kidnappers linked to Al-Qaeda.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula announced through a website today that they had beheaded Paul M. Johnson Jr., carrying through on a threat to execute the Lockheed Martin Corp. employee after Saudi officials refused to release jailed terrorism suspects. Saudi authorities later reported finding the body.
In a statement, The AMV Executive Director, Samina Faheem Sundas, said:
We condemn this act of senseless violence and repudiate all those who believe that such outrageous and despicable behavior benefits the faith of Islam or the Muslim people.
Such irresponsible behavior cannot be justified in the name of Islam and we continue to categorically reject any assertion by al-Qaida that its terrorism is sanctioned or in anyway supported by Islam or the vast majority of Muslims.