The Washington Institute for Gulf Studies said that a Saudi military court had sentenced Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, nephew of King Salman, and the former commander of the Saudi forces in Yemen, to death on charges of “high treason.”
Prince Fahd bin Turki and his eldest son were arrested last September, and he is accused of orchestrating an anti-government coup against King Salman and his son, Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
A death sentence was issued for Prince Lieutenant-General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud after a secret military trial
For high treason!!
He is the commander of the joint forces in #To whom
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Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz
The institute stated that a relative of the Saudi prince spoke to him, on condition of anonymity, and informed him that a Saudi military commission had sentenced the former commander of the Saudi forces in the Yemen war, Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, to death “on charges of treason and an attempted coup to isolate King Salman.” and his son, Mohammed bin Salman, who is the Minister of Defense and the de facto ruler of the country.
It was reported in this context that Fahd bin Turki was “arrested last September on charges of corruption, along with his son Abdulaziz, who was the deputy governor of Al-Jawf.
Bin Turki, who joined the Saudi army in 1983, received special operations training in the United States and the United Kingdom, and was promoted to general before his dismissal and arrest last year.
In the last quarter of last year, the Saudi authorities revealed a decision issued by King Salman bin Abdulaziz to dismiss the commander of the joint forces in Yemen, Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and his son, Fahd, the governor of the Al-Jawf region.
According to the official Saudi Press Agency, “SPA”, the royal order requires them to be referred for investigation into a corruption case in the Ministry of Defense headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The agency said that the royal order was issued based on what was referred by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to the Control and Anti-Corruption Authority, noting that bin Salman’s referral included “monitoring suspicious financial transactions in the Ministry of Defense and requesting an investigation.”
The royal order included the termination of the service of Lieutenant-General Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, commander of the joint forces in Yemen, and his retirement, with an investigation into the case, according to the agency.
The royal order also relieved Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, deputy governor of Al-Jawf region, from his position, and referred him to investigate the same case, while the royal order included referring 4 employees and civilians of the Ministry of Defense to investigate the same case.
In the context, the famous Saudi singer, “Mujtahid”, revealed the hidden details in the process of isolating the Saudi prince and his son and later arresting them, noting that this came amid fears from Muhammad bin Salman of an imminent military coup.
Mujtahid said, in a tweet monitored by “Watan”: “The arrest of Fahd bin Turki (commander of the joint forces) after Ibn Salman interpreted some of his actions as a prelude to a coup against him through the forces that are subject to him, and this is supported by the arrest of his son, the deputy governor of Al-Jawf with him and a group of senior officers “.
Mujtahid added, “It will not be the last, and new arrests are expected among the ranks of the Al Saud family and the military.”
This comes at a time when a famous Russian website revealed a state of great anger within the ruling family in Saudi Arabia over the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, especially regarding his dealings with his uncles and cousins, and the arrest of a large number of them and placing others under house arrest.
Opposition front of the cousins of Mohammed bin Salman
In this context, the Russian “News Re” website spoke with a lengthy report on the formation of the policies of Mohammed bin Salman for a strong opposition front among his cousins. After his campaigns to purge opponents in Riyadh failed to neutralize opponents of the regime.
The policies of the Crown Prince led to the formation of a strong opposition movement among his cousins, the site says, as sources close to opponents of the ruling regime in Saudi Arabia confirm that the purge campaigns that targeted opponents in Riyadh. It did not neutralize the sentiments of disapproval of the current regime in the ranks of the Al Saud family, something that MBS himself likely feels.
The report, translated by Arabi21, added that websites close to Saudi sources talked about feelings of hostility that resemble the atmosphere of war. It is owned by members of the Al Saud family of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman; His cousins still refuse to recognize his legitimacy as crown prince.
The withdrawal of former Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef from his position in 2017 strengthened this campaign against the son of King Salman.
The site indicates that Muhammad bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was arrested last spring, along with a group of dignitaries such as Prince Ahmed, brother of King Salman, who recently returned from exile.
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