Saudi princess confined for over a year in prison tweets for mercy

Saudi princess confined for over a year in prison tweets for mercy
  • The princess is currently being arbitrarily held at Al-Ha'ir prison without criminal, or otherwise any charges since March 2019
  • She made a rare public appeal to the king and crown prince for her release from a high-security prison, citing "deteriorating" health.
  • The government has not explained why she has been confined in prison.

 

A prominent Saudi princess jailed for more than a year without charge is appealing to be realeased because of her deteriorating health issues which she fears may lead to her untimely death.

Princess Basmah bint Saud, a 56-year-old businesswoman and outspoken member of the royal family whose father was the kingdom's second ruler. She has been in prison since March last year and was due to a medical appointment in Switzerland before her arrest. This was disclosed by an undisclosed source.

Her appeal follows after the detention last month of King Salman's brother and nephew in an apparent attempt to stamp out internal dissent. Revealing that there might be scandals in the royal family.

"As you may be aware  I am currently being arbitrarily held at Al-Ha'ir prison without criminal, or otherwise any charges," the princess wrote in a letter published on her verified Twitter account.

"My health is deteriorating to an extent that is [severe], and that could lead to my death.

"I have not received medical care or even [a] response to the letters I dispatched from jail to the Royal Court."

What is the Saudi authority doing about this?

Saudi authorities have since kept mute over her arreast but the latest outcry from the public might be the key to her freedom from prolonged confinement.

The princess said she was "thrown into prison" after being "abducted without an explanation" along with one of her daughters.