This 7th March 2020 video says about itself:
Saudi crackdown: King Salman’s brother and nephew detained
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has reportedly detained high-profile members of the royal family.
That includes former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef, as well as Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the younger brother of the Saudi king.
Reports suggest that they have both been accused of treason.
Saudi guards have also arrested one of Mohammed Bin Nayef’s brothers.
They are now likely under threat of life imprisonment or possible execution.
Al Jazeera’s Jamal Elshayyal explains what these detentions mean for the kingdom and their impact on Saudi politics.
We are also joined by Khalil Jahshan, the executive director of Arab Center Washington, DC.
Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:
Three prominent members of the royal family of Saudi Arabia, including the king’s brother, have been arrested. The New York Times reports that. The Wall Street Journal reports two arrests. According to the US American media, the arrests were with the knowledge or by order of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Much is unclear about the reason.
In addition to the king’s brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the New York Times also says that former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Nawaf bin Nayef were arrested in Saudi Arabia. Nawaf was previously Minister of the Interior and was given house arrest in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
It is not the first time that prominent members of the royal family have been detained. In 2017 … the Saudi crown prince had dozens of princes, ministers and prominent businessmen locked up … At the time, the campaign was explained as a way to fight a power struggle.
Sources say to Reuters news agency that influential members of the House of Saud are unhappy about the power that Mohammed bin Salman has accumulated in recent years. Also because of the role he allegedly had in the murder of journalist Khashoggi and because of a major attack on Saudi oil refineries last year,
they are said to have doubts about his leadership.
To prevent the crown prince from ever becoming king, dissatisfied relatives would like to adjust the line of succession.
SAUDI ANNOUNCES NEW CRACKDOWN ON OPPOSITION Saudi security officials arrested members of the country’s royal family in what appeared to be the latest crackdown to benefit Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman. Royal guards princes Muhammed bin Nayef and Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, both once seen as contenders for the throne, from their homes. They reportedly stand accused of treason and risk execution or life imprisonment. [HuffPost]
Saudi Arabia releases footage of king to show he’s in good health following royal family arrests: here.