How Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Purged Rivals


The first trace that one thing was amiss got here in a letter.

On Nov. four, company at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton had been notified by the opulent lodge that: “Due to unforeseen booking by local authorities which requires an elevated level of security, we are unable to accommodate guests … until normal operations are restored.”

The purge was already underneath method. Within hours safety forces had rounded up dozens of members of Saudi Arabia’s political and enterprise elite, largely within the capital and the coastal metropolis of Jeddah. Among them had been 11 princes in addition to ministers and rich tycoons.

Some had been invited to conferences the place they had been detained. Others had been arrested at their properties and flown to Riyadh or pushed to the Ritz-Carlton, which has been become a brief jail.

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The detainees had been allowed a single, temporary telephone name residence, an individual accustomed to the arrests informed Reuters.

“They don’t receive calls and are kept under tight security. No one can go in or out,” the insider stated. “It is obvious that there was a lot of preparation for it.”

Image:  Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman