YEMEN Press Agency

Gulf official accused of being behind Saudi princes’ arrest

SANAA, March 8 (YPA) – Mahmoud Refaat, a well-known lawyer and expert on international law revealed that Abu Dhabi was behind the arrest of King Salman’s brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the nephew of King Salman.

A reliable source from inside Saudi Arabia informed him that the arrest of the princes was due to news he said was “fabricated” passed by Mohammed bin Zayed to Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mahmoud Refaat Said on his Twitter account.

“these fake news stated that his security services have monitored contacts with ambassadors of European countries in Saudi Arabia with the aim of removing him from power.”

Saudi authorities arrested three of the royal family’s top princes for undisclosed reasons at dawn on Saturday.

The three detainees were Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, the younger brother of the Saudi king, former Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Prince Nawaf bin Nayef, the US media reported.