Saudi Arabia confirms arrest of royals over protest
07 January, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Brenda Erickson
Sabq said the princes, who were not named, were protesting at a historical Riyadh royal palace, Qasr al-Hokm, against a governmentÂ´s decision to stop paying the water and electricity bills of royals.
"Despite being informed that their demands are not lawful, the 11 princes refused to leave the area, disrupting public peace and order", Mojeb said in a statement issued by the information ministry.
The meteoric rise of 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king's favored son, and his ambitious, sometimes aggressive, policies have caused rare tensions within the royal family, which for decades favored rule by consensus.
Two months ago, authorities arrested dozens of royals, businessmen and senior government officials as a part of a corruption crackdown.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh.
The princes were transferred to the high-security HaÂ´ir prison in the capital "ahead of their trial", Sabq said, citing unnamed sources.
More than 200 people were questioned at one point, officials said then.
Government employees will receive a monthly cost-of-living allowance of 1,000 riyals ($266) for one year.
The move to bring the state-backed company's status in line with other Saudi corporations is a concrete step towards a stake sale, though questions remain over the kingdom's readiness and willingness to list the company internationally, reported the Financial Times.
In a royal decree published by state news media, the king also ordered the payment of 5,000 riyals (R16433.85) to military personnel serving at the front lines with Yemen where the kingdom is fighting a almost three-year-old war.
About 1.18 million Saudis are employed in the government sector and there are more than 1.23 million pensioners and beneficiaries of pension payments, the central bank says.
The princes were also seeking compensation for their cousin's death, who was convicted and executed in 2016 for murdering a man.
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