Saudi Crown Prince Has Family Members Arrested

The New York Times reports:

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has detained three members of the royal family, including a brother of the king and a former crown prince, a sign of how fully Crown Prince Mohammed has consolidated power, and that he may have seen a potential threat to it.

The detentions were disclosed Friday by a member of the royal family and a person close to the royal family, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the danger of speaking out publicly about the crown prince.

The most senior royal detained was Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the younger brother of King Salman, who for a time had been the great hope of family members and other critics who wished to block Crown Prince Mohammed, 34, from taking the throne.

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