US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — Following recent reports of arrests of senior members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, authorities have arrested 20 more princes at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Middle East Eye (MEE) wrote.
The London-based news portal claimed that following the arrest of Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, King Salman’s brother, the crown prince has ordered the arrest of 20 other princes on charges of organizing a coup attempt.
Among those arrested are said to be Nayef bin Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, son of Prince Ahmed, former crown prince Mohammad bin Nayef and his half-brother Nawaf.
The MEE report states that the arrested princes are accused of meeting with foreign powers to stage a coup against the crown prince.
As further noted, the King’s arrest warrant also contains the signature of King Salman.
The portal also wrote that former crown prince Nayef has complained about the cessation of royal benefits and that following the arrests, Mohammad bin Salman has asked other princes to post on Twitter expressing loyalty to him. According to the MEE, three princes have so far accepted the request.
Earlier, the American Wall Street Journal reported the arrest of three senior members of the royal family.
In November 2017, Saudi authorities arrested dozens of businessmen and princes on corruption charges.
Since then, bin Salman, who has faced sharp criticism for his alleged role in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has consolidated his grip on power.
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