The American newspaper, “The New York Times”, said that the former Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef Al Saud, was subjected to acts of torture after his arrest in 2020, including being suspended from the ceiling by his ankles upside down.
The newspaper indicated, in a report published on Sunday, that the Saudi authorities released Prince Basma bint Saud, who had been in detention without any charges since November 2019, along with her daughter Suhoud Al-Sharif due to criticism of the kingdom’s leadership, but many prominent members of the ruling family and activists They are still being held.
The newspaper quoted sources close to the detainees that this list still includes a group of prominent activists, including two sons of the late King Abdullah, amid reports that they were tortured.
She said, “The most famous among them is Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the former interior minister who was ousted by the current Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, from the throne in 2017.”
And the report continued: “After his disqualification, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef was placed under house arrest until March 2020, when he was arrested and detained. At the beginning of his detention, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef was confined to a solitary room and deprived of sleep, and was suspended upside down by his ankles, according to two people familiar with his condition. They spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.”
The New York Times reported that last fall, the former crown prince was transferred to a villa within the complex surrounding the Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in Riyadh, where it is still located, according to the newspaper’s sources.
The people familiar with the matter said that Prince Muhammad bin Nayef “is being held there alone, there is no television or other electronic devices in the villa, he receives only limited visits from his family, and it appears that he sustained permanent injuries to his ankles from his treatment in detention and cannot walk without a stick.”
The Saudi government did not press any official charges against him and did not explain the reason for his arrest, but most Saudi experts assume, according to the report, that the motive is due to Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s fear that the former crown prince may prevent him from assuming the Saudi throne.
The newspaper pointed out that the Saudi embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment on this issue.
Source: “The New York Times”
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