Riyadh: Authorities have arrested three princes such as nephew and King Salman’s brother on charges of plotting a coup, the US media reported Friday, signalling that a consolidation of power by the de facto ruler of the kingdom.
The detentions come as accessibility is limited by the realm to Islam’s holiest sites and throw aside the last vestiges of resistance.
The monarch’s nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, along with prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, a brother of King Salman was accused of treason and taken from their houses by guards, the Wall Street Journal reported citing unnamed sources.
The Saudi royal court has accused the two guys, after possible contenders to the throne, of”plotting a coup to unseat the king and the crown prince” and may face lifetime imprisonment or implementation, the paper said.
The New York Times reported that the detentions, including that Prince Nawaf bin Nayef, Prince Nayef’s younger brother, had been arrested.
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The crackdown is marked by the detentions by Prince Mohammed, that has consolidated princes and business elites and his grip.