Kushner and MBS Order Arrest of Saudi Judges…All of them

Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested no less than 9 distinguished judges amid stories that Crown…

Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested no less than 9 distinguished judges amid stories that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is searching for to eliminate political dissidents and potential royal challengers with the intention of clearing his path to the succession as soon as his aged and ailing father, King Salman, steps down or dies.

Press TV: Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) reported that the judges are charged with “excessive treason” – against the law punishable by dying within the kingdom. The judges are stated to be loyal supporters of the 36-year-old prince, and the current arrests bear putting similarities to earlier purges of rivals of MBS.

Of the 9 judges confirmed arrested, three got here from the First-Diploma Specialised (Terrorism) Courtroom, three had been from the Appellate Specialised Courtroom, and the final three got here from the Excessive Courtroom – the best courtroom in Saudi Arabia.

DAWN recognized two of the judges as Abdullah bin Khalid al-Luhaidan and Abdulaziz bin Medawi al-Jaber.

Luhaidan convicted distinguished girls’s rights defender Loujain Alhathloul of baseless terrorism fees. Jaber sentenced a minor to the dying penalty. He additionally sentenced many individuals to dying within the mass execution of 81 males final month.

Saudi royals, billionaires, and senior authorities officers had been tortured and blackmailed in early November 2017, once they had been rounded up and detained on the Ritz-Carlton lodge in a unprecedented energy play by MBS to take away individuals who may doubtlessly pose a political menace.

“On the primary night time, everybody was blindfolded and practically everybody was subjected to what Egyptian intelligence calls the ‘night time of the beating,’” an unnamed supply with intimate data of what came about informed the Guardian in November 2020.

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The supply added, “Individuals had been requested in the event that they knew why they had been there. Nobody did. Most had been overwhelmed, a few of them badly. There have been folks tied to the partitions, in stress positions. It went on for hours, and all of these doing the torturing had been Saudis.”

The “night time of the beating” was apparently meant to “soften up” the detainees earlier than the interrogators arrived to query them about corruption.

A number of the prisoners spoke of being threatened with the discharge of personal info, equivalent to extramarital affairs, or enterprise dealings that might have induced nice controversy.

The purge, additionally nicknamed the “sheikhdown”, purportedly got here on the value of breaking the belief between the monarchy and the Saudi enterprise group.

One of many sources stated the November 2017 round-up on the Ritz-Carlton lodge in Riyadh “was about consolidating [MBS’s] rule” and got here earlier than the merciless homicide of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

“The truth that he bought away with it allowed him to do the latter. The identical guards concerned within the Ritz had been concerned within the killing. Historical past received’t be form to MBS on both,” the supply stated.

Ever since bin Salman turned Saudi Arabia’s de facto chief in 2017, the dominion has arrested dozens of activists, bloggers, intellectuals, and others perceived as political opponents, displaying nearly zero tolerance for dissent even within the face of worldwide condemnations of the crackdown.

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Muslim Saudi students have been executed, girls’s rights campaigners have been put behind bars and tortured, and freedom of expression, affiliation, and perception proceed to be denied.