Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over 'sin'

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi crown prince over 'sin'

The statement accused the detainees of "coordinated activity undermining the security and stability of the kingdom".

Nine people have been arrested for links to hostile organizations, Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution said in a statement.

The magazine cover drew flak especially from campaigners who are protesting the arrests of at least 11 activists, mostly identified by rights groups as veteran women campaigners for the right to drive and to end the male guardianship system in the country, reported Agence France-Presse.

A year ago sources told Reuters that Rajhi was among a delegation of 10 businessmen representing the private sector who met MbS to discuss how the sector had been hit by austerity measures created to cut the budget deficit and rising fees for employing foreigners, which are encouraging an exodus of expats.

The prosecutor's statement said five men and four women are still being held with "sufficient evidence against them, as well as their confession to the charges".

The United Nations has called on the kingdom to provide details of those arrested and ensure their legal rights are guaranteed.

The kingdom, long condemned for its human rights record, is set to lift its decades-old ban on women driving on June 24.

Most have since been released, after reaching settlements with the state.

"The Saudi Arabian authorities' endless harassment of women's rights activists is entirely unjustifiable, and the world must not remain silent on the repression of human rights defenders in the country", Samah Hadid, Amnesty International's Middle East director of campaigns, said last week.

"We are back to square one", Sydney-based Saudi activist and author Manal Al-Sharif had told CNN. But the recent arrests have soured that image.

State-linked media have referred to the group as "foreign embassy agents" and branded them traitors.

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (or AQAP) commented on Saudi Arabia's current regime allowing Western entertainment such as movies and a six-hour fantasy booked pro wrestling house shows, claiming they're "opening the door wide for corruption and moral degradation".

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