His family background - both parents served as important officers - made it hard simply to lock him away.
He also says that as in many other countries, serving military officers should eventually be prohibited from holding political office.
This counter-signature need not be from a second serving officer.
"Serving officers are not supposed to involve themselves with party politics anyway, so there."
But concern in the officer corps centers on the two serving officers.
It is perfectly normal for us to meet serving Saudi military officers.
But the criticism clearly reflects a current of opinion among serving officers.
Regulations require us to maintain complete medical histories on all serving officers.
It was open to serving officers as well as civilians.
The men were all blacks, restricted to serving white officers in the galley.