Offbeat A trial in the US shows the royal rivalries in Saudi Arabia
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a trial in the United States involving the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmane rewritten the disappearance of his cousin and ex-rival in the rich oil monarchy of the Gulf .
Such is taken who thought to take. Become the de facto leader of the kingdom - his father, aging king and sick - Mohammed Ben Salmane,, leads an implacable repression against opponents, including within the reigning family. Evinced power in 2017, the fallen heir prince Mohammed Ben Nayef may have known the same fate. He has not been seen in public since his detention in March 2020.
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gold, in June 2020, the Saudi businessman Nader Turki Aldossari takes a trial on behalf of his son, American citizen, against Mohammed Ben Nayef and other Saudi entities, alleging that they did not have honored a Old decades contract linked to a refinery project in Saint Lucia (Caribbean Island). But how to assign a prince who disappeared? The complaint is then modified to include MBS, indicating that by placing its cousin in "supervised residence" and seizing its property, it prevented it from fulfilling its contractual obligations.
Mohammed Ben Salmane is therefore forced to react and give more details about his actions.Corruption and Delivered
in March, Prince Heir's lawyer proposes to provide the address of Mohammed Ben Nayef on a "confidential basis", affirming in a judicial document that he was the subject of threats related to "terrorism" Because of his former role as Minister of the Interior of the Kingdom, but without mentioning that he was detained.
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"Ben Nayef is a real prisoner of Saudi Arabia," said James Tallman, the lawyer of Nader Turki Aldossari, in a document.
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Saudi authorities have not publicly commented on the detention of Mohammed Ben Nayef, long regarded as the most reliable Saudi ally of the CIA, the American intelligence agency. According to various sources, the government accuses it of corruption and disloyalty. If MBS has spared no opponent, his cousin enjoys "a much larger support in the royal family," said AFP Bruce Riedel, a former American officer of the CIA.
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in a report published last December, a British parliamentary inquiry group felt that Mohammed Ben Nayef "had not been able to challenge his detention before a judge. Independent and impartial (and) did not have access to a lawyer ".
Squire Patton Boggs lawyers, a big international practice based in Washington, recently manifested to represent the prince disappeared ... while working for his cousin MBS. Have
been directly engaged by the first? Do they have access to him? How can they represent both rivals simultaneously? Asked by the AFP, the cabinet did not answer.
"These lawyers have never represented (Mohammed Ben Nayef) before," said AFP a source in direct contact with the Prince's legal team, based in Europe.
"He never met them, and we do not know how they could have access to him while he was denied access to his long-standing lawyers, a regular procedure or any form of communication With the outside world, "she said.
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