UPDATE: Saudi Purge 2.0 Confirmed! Reports of High Profile Arrests Ordered by MBS

UPDATE: Saudi Purge 2.0 Confirmed! Reports of High Profile Arrests Ordered by MBS

UPDATE: Our breaking news report below has just been confirmed by the New York TImes, two hours after our publication. #WeAreTheNews

March 6, 2020 – Investigative journalist Ali AlAhmed is reporting former Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Nayef and former Minister of Interior Ahmed bin Abdulaziz were arrested on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman:

A prior purge of high profile Saudi officials on the orders of Muhammad bin Salman occurred back in 2017. A June 28, 2017 New York Times article in the New York Times entitled ‘Deposed Saudi Prince is Said to be Confined to Palace‘ reports:

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The recently deposed crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Nayef, has been barred from leaving the kingdom and confined to his palace in the coastal city of Jidda, according to four current and former American officials and Saudis close to the royal family.
The new restrictions on the man who until last week was next in line to the throne and ran the kingdom’s powerful internal security services sought to limit any potential opposition for the new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, 31, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity so as not to jeopardize relationships with Saudi royals.
It was unclear how long the restrictions would remain in place. An adviser to the Saudi royal court referred queries to the Information Ministry, whose officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday. A senior official in the Saudi Foreign Ministry reached by telephone on Wednesday night described the account as ‘baseless and false.’
The Saudi monarch, King Salman, shook up the line of succession last week with a string of royal decrees that promoted his favorite son, Mohammed bin Salman, to crown prince and removed Mohammed bin Nayef, 57, from the line of succession.
The elder prince was also replaced as interior minister by a 33-year-old nephew, marking the end of a career that had won him deep respect in Washington and other foreign capitals for his work dismantling Al Qaeda’s networks inside the kingdom after a string of deadly bombings a decade ago.
Supporters of Mohammed bin Salman, often referred to as M.B.S., have lauded his promotion, saying it empowered a young, ambitious prince who has laid out a positive vision for the kingdom’s future. – The New York Times
As of this writing, there is no official confirmation of today’s reports.

There was a recent arrest of the Saudi Broadcasting Authority Director General reported a few weeks ago:

This story is still developing, please check back for updates.

UPDATE:

The New York Time has confirmed our earlier reporting, and published an article at 5:00pm eastern entitled ‘Three Senior Members of Saudi Royal Family Are Arrested‘:

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia has detained one of the most senior members of the royal family, a former crown prince and a royal cousin for unexplained reasons, a relative and a person close to the royal family said Friday.
The senior royal, Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, is a younger brother of King Salman and an uncle of the crown prince. He was for a time the great hope of family members and other critics who hoped he might try to block Prince Mohammed’s ascension to the throne, but he had shown no signs of seeking to do that.
The former crown prince who was arrested, Mohammed bin Nayef, is also the former interior minister and a longtime favorite of Washington.
He had already effectively been under house arrest since he was removed from those roles by the current crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in 2017. It was unclear why he was detained. – The New York Times
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