Saudi detains top royals, including King’s brother, over ‘coup plot’: report
RIYADH: Saudi authorities have detained three princes including King Salman’s brother and nephew on charges of plotting a coup, the Wall Street Journal reported late Friday night, signaling a further consolidation of power by the Kingdom’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MbS).
Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, a brother of King Salman, and the monarch’s nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef were accused of treason and taken from their homes early Friday by black-clad royal guards.
The Saudi royal court has accused the two men, once potential contenders for the throne, of “plotting a coup to unseat the king and the crown prince” and could face life imprisonment or execution, the newspaper said.
The New York Times also reported the detentions, adding that Prince Nayef’s younger brother, Prince Nawaf bin Nayef, had also been detained.
Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The detentions mark the latest crackdown by Prince Mohammed, who has consolidated his grip on power with the imprisonment of prominent clerics and activists as well as princes and business elites. - Agencies