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Saudi Arabia Detains King’s Brother, Nephew Over Alleged Coup Attempt


Saudi Arabia Detains King's Brother, Nephew Over Alleged Coup Attempt

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz

Al Jazeera reports (source):

Saudi Arabia has detained two senior members of the royal family – Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the younger brother of King Salman, and Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew – according to reports citing sources with knowledge of the matter.

The Wall Street Journal reported the detentions of the two royals on Friday and said they related to an alleged coup attempt. Bloomberg also reported the detentions, saying the pair were accused of treason.

Mohammed bin Nayef’s younger brother, Prince Nawaf bin Nayef, had also been detained, according to the New York Times.

There was no immediate comment by Saudi authorities.

The detentions mark the latest crackdown by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, King Salman’s son and the de facto ruler of the kingdom.

Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, has moved to consolidate power since replacing his cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, as heir to the throne in 2017. Later that year, he arrested dozens of royals and business people, in what was billed as a move against corruption that was draining state coffers.

But the crown prince has fuelled resentment among some prominent branches of the ruling family by tightening his grip on power and some question his ability to lead following the 2018 murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents and a major attack on Saudi oil infrastructure last year, sources have told Reuters news agency.

The sources said royals seeking to change the line of succession view Prince Ahmed, King Salman’s only surviving full brother, as a possible choice who would have the support of family members, the security apparatus and some Western powers.

In late 2018, a video emerged of Prince Ahmed facing protesters outside his London residence and in which he seemed to criticise King Salman and his crown prince for the war in Yemen.

“Don’t blame the entire family … Those responsible are the king and his crown prince” he said. “In Yemen and elsewhere, our hope is that the war ends today before tomorrow.”

Though Prince Ahmed quickly retracted his comments, insisting that his words were taken out of context, messages of support and pledges of allegiance began pouring in.

The 78-year-old also issued a statement to deny speculation that he was interested in the role of monarch.

Saudi insiders and Western diplomats say the family is unlikely to oppose the crown prince while the 84-year-old king remains alive, recognising that he is unlikely to turn against his favourite son.

The monarch has delegated most responsibilities of rule to his son but still presides over weekly cabinet meetings and receives foreign dignitaries.

Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal, commenting from Doha, said the detentions were of “huge” significance.

“We are talking about two of the most senior members of the Saudi royal family,” he said.

“What’s prompted it is very difficult to ascertain, needless to say, because Saudis have a closed culture in terms of transparency and no media freedom.

“But these are two figures who have been under house arrest. They haven’t been able to move freely for a very long time. The idea that they were trying to hatch some sort of coup is very far-fetched and difficult to see when considering the restraints they were under.”

Prince Ahmed has largely kept a low profile since returning to Riyadh in October 2018 after two and a half months abroad. During the trip, he appeared to criticise the Saudi leadership while responding to protesters outside a London residence chanting for the downfall of the Al Saud dynasty.

He was one of only three people on the Allegiance Council, made up of the ruling Al Saud family’s senior members, who opposed Mohammed bin Salman becoming crown prince in June 2017, sources earlier said.

Mohammed bin Nayef‘s movements have reportedly been restricted and monitored since then.

The latest detentions come at a time of heightened tension with regional rival Iran and as Prince Mohammed implements ambitious social and economic reforms, including an initial public offering by oil giant Saudi Aramco on the domestic bourse last December.

Saudi Arabia is also the current chair for the Group of 20 (G20) major economies.

MBS has been lauded at home for easing social restrictions in the kingdom and opening up the economy.

But he has come under international criticism over a devastating war in Yemen, the murder of Khashoggi in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate and the detention of women’s rights activists seen as part of a crackdown on dissent.

“Prince Mohammed is emboldened – he has already ousted any threats to his rise, and jailed or murdered critics of his regime without any repercussion,” Becca Wasser, a policy analyst at the US-based RAND Corporation, said of the latest crackdown.

“This is a further step to shore up his power and a message to anyone – including royals – not to cross him.”



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  • klove and light

    perfect………at each others throats……….starting with Saudi and UAE now “competing” against one another in jemen……and internal Saudi treachery and death………….well you sorry Saudi motherfuckers……welcome to the world of satanic zionism lollololol
    a world of treachery and death!!!

    ps. have a goooood night Sleep!! lol

  • Xoli Xoli

    USA,France,Britain and Israel desperate plan.Money castration time from royals.For self enrichment and benefits friends and wage war against Muslims and Arabs countries.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    The Saudi pimpdom is in real trouble as the Yemen quagmire and the low price for oil is bankrupting them and Russia and Iran have blocked any further oil price cuts to boost the flagging oil price heading towards $25 as the batsoup virus and deadbeat Americunt economy collapses.Oil accounts for around 90 percent of Saudi government revenue and the corrupt and inept
    monarchy runs a generous welfare state to help maintain its grip on
    power as the illiterate lazy Bedouin population refuses to work for a living. Saudi Arabia has no industry or any relevant sector besides Hajj (pilgrimage) to speak off and the Americunts, Jews and western parasites are ripping off all the oil money by selling the dumbasses inflated priced weaponry and goods.

    The lost war in Yemen is costing over $5 billion a month and Saudi foreign assets now stand at less than $300 billion and the budget is running into double digit deficits and Aramco IIPO failed miserably. Saudi Aramco shares have been trending lower and lower since the days after the company tried to pulled off the biggest IPO in history in December.

    The moron MBS has truly fucked the pimpdom for the Jews and his boyfriend Kushner.


  • Redadmiral

    “This is a further step to shore up his power and a message to anyone – including royals – not to cross him.” according to M’s ‘don’t fcuk with me’ Becca Wasser a graduate from the CIA finishing acacadmy better known as The Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She must be the resident CIA commissar at Rand

  • cechas vodobenikov

    of course SA is the closest ally of USA—people similarly barbaric and sexually repressed, share many similar attributes

  • Barba_Papa

    the detention of women’s rights activists

    Probably the only thing MBS has done which is right. I’m all for equality and equal rights, you go, ladies, but these women’s rights activist are a cancer worse then corona and ebola combined. At least those will burn themselves out, after which whoever is still left pick themselves up and get on with their lives. These activists destroy the very societies they infect.

    • n a

      Those are just neoliberals.