This video says about itself:
17 December 2017
When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Country swooned over its gold-leafed fountain, marble statues and hedged labyrinth set in a 57-acre landscaped park. But for all the lavish details, one fact was missing: the identity of the buyer. Now, it turns out that the paper trail leads to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir to the Saudi throne.
By Steve Sweeney in Britain, Wednesday, January 3, 2018:
Reprieve said the PM must hold the new crown prince to his promises of reform
The Prime Minister is due to host the new Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in London later this year.
Mr Bin Salman came to power in June last year amid promises of a new era of reform. Senior members of the previously untouchable Saudi royal family were arrested in November with increased powers granted to the prince.
It was hoped that it could signify a turning point. Mr Bin Salman claimed he would return Saudi Arabia to “moderate Islam”, acknowledging things had not been right in the Gulf state for 30 years and appealing to the international community for support in making the transformation to an open society.
And research by the rights group showed that 141 people were executed in 2017, 70 per cent of them after Mr bin Salman came to power.
The death sentences of 14 political prisoners were upheld by a Saudi court in July last year. Reprieve says that they were convicted on the basis of confessions extracted through torture.
Among the 14 are a disabled man, Munir al-Adam, and a juvenile, Mujtaba al-Sweikat.
Reprieve director Maya Foa said: “Two years on from a mass execution that saw political protesters, including children, killed, the government of Saudi Arabia shows no interest in halting a brutal wave of repression. Hundreds of people have been executed in the last two years and now several young protesters face imminent execution on Mohammed bin Salman’s watch.