A Saudi prince has been arrested after a video emerged allegedly showing him beating up men and abusing women.
King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of Prince Saudi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz on Wednesday, a day after short video clips were published on YouTube and Twitter.
One disturbing video appears to show a rifle pointed toward a man who is bleeding from the head and pleading for mercy.
While another clip, viewed more than 760,000 times, also shows 18 bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky, extremely controversial considering Saudi Arabia’s alcohol ban.
Other footage shows a man sitting in a car, bleeding and being cursed at for parking in front of a house and a man suspected to be the prince punching and slapping a man who is sitting on a chair.
The clips went viral in Saudi Arabia under an Arabic Twitter hashtag that translated as’prince transgresses on citizens’.
The king ordered a full investigation into the incidents and the arrest of Prince Saudi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, as well as any associates that appeared in the clips, Saudi Arabia’s state TV reports.
He ordered that no individual involved in the case be released until a court has issued a ruling in line with the country’s Islamic Shariah laws.
In the order, King Salman urged people to remain vigilant in monitoring any exploitation of status or abuse of power.
After he issued the order, a video seen nearly a quarter of a million times showed 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.
While many Saudis wrote in support of the king’s decision on Twitter, human rights activist Moudi Aljohani said the order actually points to how lax the authorities are when it comes to royals.
While Saudi royals are given privileged status in the kingdom, in addition to undisclosed monthly allowances from the state, they are not immune to prosecution.
In an extremely rare event, the kingdom executed a prince last October who had fatally shot another man.
Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates of executions in the world.
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