Saudi Authorities Arrest Senior Princes of Royal Family
2020-03-07 - 8:42 p
Bahrain Mirror: International media outlets confirmed that the Saudi authorities had carried out a campaign of arrests that included senior princes of the royal family during the past two days.
The sources said that the Saudi royal court witnessed an abnormal movement late on Wednesday followed by the arrest of a number of senior princes.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the authorities arrested Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, King Salman's brother, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the former Crown Prince, who are accused of treason. The authorities searched the houses of the two princes and also detained Nayef's brother, Prince Nawaf bin Nayef.
The newspaper explained that the three princes were arrested by masked members from the Saudi royal court guards.
Dozens of princes, senior officials, current and former ministers, officials and businessmen were detained by the authorities at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh on the orders of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman in November 2017.
Among those arrested were the dismissed Minister of National Guard Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, son of the late King Abdullah, and his brother the former Prince of Riyadh Turki bin Abdullah, the billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, and Prince Fahd bin Abdullah bin Muhammad, the former deputy commander of the Air Force.
Later, the Saudi authorities expanded the pursuit campaign, and ordered new arrests that included political and religious elites and symbols in the financial and business world in the Kingdom, and the campaign extended to include more cousins of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and their children and families.