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Some senior figures detained in last Saturday's purge in Saudi Arabia were beaten and tortured so badly during their arrest or subsequent interrogations that they required hospital treatment, Middle East Eye can reveal.

People inside the royal court also told MEE that the scale of the crackdown, which has brought new arrests each day, is much bigger than Saudi authorities have admitted, with more than 500 people detained and double that number questioned.

Members of the royal family, government ministers and business tycoons were caught up in the sudden wave of arrests orchestrated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, under the banner of an anti-corruption drive.

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One of the most famous is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and confidant of former US president George W Bush.

Saudi authorities said that one of the corruption cases they are looking at is the al-Yamamah arms deal, in which Bandar was involved. But Bandar himself is not under arrest and living in Jeddah, a source told MEE.

Bandar bought a hamlet in Oxfordshire, in a picturesque area of central England, and a 2,000-acre sporting estate with part of the proceeds from kickbacks he received in the al-Yamamah arms deal, which netted British manufacturer BAE £43bn ($56.5bn) in contracts for fighter aircraft.

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it says Bandar isn't arrested.

#1 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-11-13 02:40 AM | Reply

#1 Oops. I guess that depends on the source. I was reading a number of Bandar Bush articles and went with this one, because it was the MEE. Here's what threw me:


The crown prince's cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, who continues be under house arrest, has had his assets frozen, the Reuters news agency reported. Sons of Sultan bin Abdulaziz have also been arrested and had their assets frozen.

One of the most famous is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and confidant of former US president George W Bush.


That made it sound like he was detained or something.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-13 02:59 AM | Reply

The prince is going hard playing Game of Thrones, in a mission to wipe out the fundamentalist power base and drag Saudi Arabia into this century.

#3 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-13 08:01 AM | Reply

#3 I swear to Allah, I hope you are right. The other possibility is that this is a prelude to a much wider Middle East war, the rumors of which I am sure you have read.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-13 08:07 AM | Reply

It's not a secret what he's doing. It may widen the existing wars though.

#5 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-13 08:34 AM | Reply

#5 In your opinion, do you think the Saudis and Israelis can actually de-escalate with the Iranians and their allies? I mean, I've seen Palestinian children's Muppet shows and the hate is so ingrained it seems insolvable. The Shiite/Sunni civil war has been going on since the 8th century. Instead of getting involved, I think the smart move would be to just sell weapons to Saudis at a profit....

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-13 09:00 AM | Reply

"I've seen Palestinian children's Muppet shows and the hate is so ingrained it seems insolvable"

Oh gee, and why would Palestinians hate Israelis? Buy a clue.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-13 09:01 AM | Reply

"Instead of getting involved, I think the smart move would be to just sell weapons to Saudis at a profit...."

Ok, they why not profit on the other side as well?

#8 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-13 09:02 AM | Reply

#7 Palestinians had their chance, and they blew it. Palestine and Israel could have had peace a long time ago. Try to keep in mind that Palestine is actually governed by democratically elected terrorist organizations.

That takes some serious hate.

#9 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-13 09:10 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#8 "Ok, they why not profit on the other side as well?"

Because Iran hates us with such a passion that it calls us the "Great Satan"?

#10 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-13 09:13 AM | Reply

#5 In your opinion, do you think the Saudis and Israelis can actually de-escalate with the Iranians and their allies? I mean, I've seen Palestinian children's Muppet shows and the hate is so ingrained it seems insolvable. The Shiite/Sunni civil war has been going on since the 8th century. Instead of getting involved, I think the smart move would be to just sell weapons to Saudis at a profit....

#6 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT AT 2017-11-13 09:00 AM | FLAG:

This is de-escalation. The region has been in a persistent state of war since 1948. It's just winded down from full scale conflict to insurgency conflict because no major power can go in and obliterate the other.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-13 10:34 AM | Reply

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