Saudi Arabia Detains Critics as New Crown Prince Consolidates Power

15 Sep 2017   Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last year. Some Saudis see some see him as a power-hungry upstart who is overturning decades of tradition. BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia has begun a wide-ranging crackdown against perceived opponents of the policies of the kingdom’s new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Over the last week, 16 people were held, their friends, relatives and associates said in interviews. They include prominent Islamic clerics, academics, a poet, an economist, a journalist, the head of a youth organization, at least two women and one prince, a son of a former king. Some of them were taken from their homes in unannounced raids by security forces, and their computers, cellphones and personal papers were seized, the friends and relatives said. Those arrested have been held incommunicado, and it is not clear if they have been formally charged with crimes. Saudi Arabia has […]

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