Saudi King Orders Arrest of Prince After Video Appears to Show Abuse

The clip apparently shows the royal pointing a rifle at a man bleeding from the head and begging, along with 18 bottles of whisky in the teetotal kingdom

Saudi King Salman, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, June 6, 2017
Saudi King Salman, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, June 6, 2017 Credit: /AP

Saudi Arabia's state TV says King Salman has ordered the arrest and interrogation of a prince after a video emerged online purporting to show him abusing someone.

The arrest was made Wednesday morning, a day after a video was published on YouTube showing what appears to be a rifle pointed toward a man who is bleeding from the head and pleading. It also shows 18 bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky displayed on a table and a wad of cash. The sale and consumption of alcohol in Saudi Arabia is forbidden.

Another subsequent video seen nearly a quarter-million times purports to show the young, low-level prince, dressed in a black t-shirt and grey sweatpants, handcuffed and with his feet chained being escorted into a building by security officers.

Just the day before, a Saudi civilian was arrested for having posted a video of herself to Snapchat wearing a miniskirt in public, sparking an outcry from people who said she had flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code.

The Saudi woman was later released without charge.

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