Saudi Prince Khaled bin Talal freed from de­ten­tion

Tehran Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Saudi Prince Khaled bin Talal, a nephew of King Sal­man, has been re­leased af­ter al­most a year in de­ten­tion, ac­cord­ing to his rel­a­tives. Princess Reem bint Al­waleed, Prince Khaled’s niece, and two other rel­a­tives shared pho­tos on Twit­ter on Fri­day show­ing the prince em­brac­ing his son, who has been in a coma for sev­eral years, and other fam­ily mem­bers.

“Thank god for your safety,” the princess wrote on Twit­ter. The House of Saud regime has not of­fered an of­fi­cial ex­pla­na­tion for Prince Khaled’s ar­rest nor the con­di­tions of his re­lease.

Prince Khaled’s brother, Prince Al­waleed bin Talal, was among more than 200 princes and other se­nior fig­ures de­tained at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carl­ton ho­tel over cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tions in Novem­ber last year. Prince Khaled’s re­lease comes as the Saudi regime faces in­ter­na­tional pres­sure over the killing of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi in­side its con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oc­to­ber 2.

Ac­cord­ing to the Wall Street Jour­nal, Prince Khaled, Prince Al­waleed’s brother, was de­tained for 11 months for crit­i­ciz­ing the Novem­ber crack­down. Prince Al­waleed was re­leased in early Jan­uary af­ter an undis­closed fi­nan­cial agree­ment with the gov­ern­ment. It ap­peared sim­i­lar to deals that au­thor­i­ties struck with most other de­tainees in ex­change for their free­dom.

The gov­ern­ment crit­ics said the crack­down was an at­tempt by the crown prince to side­line his po­ten­tial ri­vals and con­sol­i­date power.

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