With Saudi princes dead, arrested, King Fahd's grandson flees kingdom to... Iran

Published: November 10, 2017
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Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd
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Prince Turki bin Mohamed bin Fahd Photo Twitter/@AdeelSButt

A member of the Saudi royal family has reportedly fled to arch-rival Iran, hours after the death of his uncle Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd.

A report by India today raises questions about the nature of Prince Turki’s departure from Saudi Arabia, as all of the country’s royals have been barred from travelling.

One commentator on the region’s politics tweeted that asylum has already been granted:

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There are rumours that Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd, Prince Turki’s uncle and the youngest son of late King Fahd, died while resisting arrest by Saudi security forces. AlIthad News reported on the death of Prince Abdul Aziz but did not mention a cause of death. Other news outlets also covered his death:

While Saudi authorities rejected the veracity of the news, a former FBI special agent seemed to confirm the news:

As mentioned in the tweet above, Prince Abdul Aziz’s death came only hours after the death of Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the son of a former crown prince. Prince Mansour was last seen getting into a helicopter in a video shared by Al-Arabiya news

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While the news of Prince Turki’s move to Iran has not been confirmed, there are reasons other than the recent deaths of two princes which may point to why he might have taken such a decision. Saudi King Salman announced late on Saturday the creation of a new anti-corruption committee chaired by his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television said the body had detained 11 princes, four current ministers and tens of former ministers.

In a recent escalation of their historic rivalry, Saudi Arabia and Iran have been engaged in what is widely cosidered a proxy war in Saudi Arabia’s neighbour Yemen, making Iran a suitable destination for anyone who has run foul of the government in Riyadh. The president of the Houthi led Revolutionary Committee in Yemen, Muhammad Ali Houthi tweeted an invitation to any Saudi royals who need protection:

“To our fellow Al Saud royals, to anyone in the ruling family, to any employee or person who feels targeted by the regime – we’re ready to welcome you with open arms to reside with us as our oppressed brothers,” Houthi wrote in his tweet.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Nov 10, 2017 - 4:14PM

    Hope at least now they appreciate and acknowledge the virtues of democracy. an autocratic ruler is prone to mood swings . Recommend

  • Raj
    Nov 10, 2017 - 4:54PM

    OMG. Is it real? If so, then the entire ME is heading for a catastrophe and the collapse of KSA. Pakistan should steer clear out of everything and keep a distance between KSA and Iran.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Nov 10, 2017 - 4:59PM

    Sab ganda hai par dhanda hai yeh sums it up perfectly.Recommend

  • Sam
    Nov 10, 2017 - 6:28PM

    Saudi new stupxid young decision maker is a big mess for his country. Now we understand that this kingdom will be distroyed by his own mess creator.

    I predict.

    Collapse in Financial Market.
    Outflow of Money.
    Uncertainity
    Outflow of Investors/migrants.
    Start of Revenge War
    Emergence of new challenger to hitlor policies.
    Fall of Govt & Chaos.Recommend

  • I am a Khan
    Nov 10, 2017 - 7:46PM

    I hope the prince who is in Iran overthrows his cousin and rules Saudi Arabia and makes unity between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Sunni Shia unity is need of the hour..Recommend

  • ABDUL RAHMAN KHAN
    Nov 11, 2017 - 10:27PM

    What out General ERaheel Sharif is doing. He shouldn’t get invoolved in this scenario, rather come back unless the situation settles down.Recommend

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