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

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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.