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09 March 2020

Saudi crackdown widens amid reports of further arrests of royals

Reports say a roundup of royals and aides has widened in Saudi Arabia, in what is believed to be the latest crackdown by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, against potential challengers to his power.

On Saturday, a day after it was reported two senior members of the royal family were detained over an alleged coup plot, reports said a former army head of intelligence, Prince Nayef bin Ahmed, was also among those being held.

Report said the sweep broadened to include dozens of Interior Ministry officials, senior army officers and others suspected of supporting a coup attempt.

There has been no official comment from Saudi authorities on the arrests.


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