Video of Beating Leads to Arrest of Saudi Prince

A Saudi prince has been arrested on the orders of Saudi King Salman bin Abdelaziz after videos were circulated on social media which appeared to show the prince beating several people.

According to the state-run Al-Ikhbariya TV’s Twitter account @alekhbariyatv, the arrest order for Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was issued to deter any similar violations, and the prince was arrested by Riyadh police.

“The royal decree was issued to prohibit injustice, despotism, harassment and harm, and it is an enforcement of the fair rule of sharia” Al-Ikhbariya explained in another tweet.

Saudi-funded Al-Arabiya reported on the same day the royal decree stressed no individual who appeared in the videos with the prince would be released until a legal ruling is issued against them.

A Saudi social media personality known for his criticism of the Saudi ruling family, Ghanem al-Dusari tweeted an edited video on 19 July, purporting to show the Saudi prince beating several people and cursing and insulting women and men. The video has been retweeted 2,600 times. BBC News has not been able to verify the video.

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SOURCE: BBC News, Lina Shaikhouni & Patrick Evans

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