The Saudi authorities have arrested three members of the royal family. The arrests indicate that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants to strengthen his hold on power.
Prince Ahmed ben Abdelaziz al-Saoud, King Salman’s brother and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the prince’s cousin, was arrested at home after being accused of treason, The Wall Street Journal reports from anonymous sources.
The New York Times added that Prince Nayef’s younger brother was also arrested. The Saudi authorities did not respond to the reporting.
The arrests are seen as the most recent moves of the crown prince, who tries to strengthen his grip on power by putting religious and militant leaders, princes and essential business people under lock and key.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the son of King Salman, who received fierce international criticism after the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.