Authorities yesterday announced an order from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz to arrest a royal prince, on charges he assaulted at least four residents of Riyadh.
Salman issued an immediate arrest warrant for Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, and anyone else who took part with him in the purported abuses. The king also ordered both the victims and the accused to give recorded testimony.
Salman’s order will keep Prince Saud in prison until a ruling is issued following trial.
The king’s order also said the government is taking steps to prevent deviant behavior, to maintain security and to ensure that anyone who breaks the law will be punished, regardless of his or her status.
Arab News reported the prince was arrested prior to the announcement of the arrest warrant on Thursday.
Prince Saud’s arrest comes after videos surfaced on social media showing a man who resembles the prince verbally and physically assaulting several victims — including a Yemeni man and two women. The videos triggered outrage online.