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Since November, more than 200 princes have been arrested in Saudi Arabia.

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11 Saudi princes arrested, could face trial

 

RIYADH – Eleven Saudi princes have been arrested and could face trial for staging a protest in the country, according to reports on Saturday.

The princes were protesting against Saudi Arabia’s decision to stop paying utility bills of royals.

No details were given on the identity of the princes but Sabq news website said that the group’s leader has been identified by the initials S.A.S.

The princes were protesting at Qasr Al Hokm, a historical Riyadh royal palace.

They also demanded “financial compensation” after one of their cousins had been sentenced for an unspecified crime.

According to Sabq, the princes were transferred to the high-security Ha’ir prison in Riyadh “ahead of their trial”.

Citing unnamed sources, Sabq said the princes “were informed of the error of their demands but they refused to leave Qasr Al Hokm”, prompting the royal guards to intervene and arrest them.

Since November, more than 200 princes have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in an anti-corruption drive led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Most of those detained were held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, which has turned into a luxury prison. DAJ/Expat Media

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