UN investigators say a close aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was involved in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, had played a central role in the abduction and interrogation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saudi soil two years ago.
Saudi authorities are likely to execute a teenager who has been held in pre-trial detention for almost four years, as a brutal crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals widens in the kingdom.
George Nader, a Lebanese-American businessman and lobbyist who serves as an adviser to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, has been arrested for possessing child pornography, the US Department of Justice announced.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has stripped the country’s crown prince of powers overseeing criminal investigations, designating a new public prosecution office to function directly under the king’s authority.
Saudi King Salman appointed a new heir and made his young son second in line to rule on Wednesday, a major shift in power within the ultraconservative kingdom's elite at a time of almost unprecedented regional turmoil.