Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Saudi general 'may have been tortured to death'

Saudi general 'may have been tortured to death'

During the meeting in early March, Pope Tawadros thanked bin Salman for the kind treatment towards Christians in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while the Crown Prince said he is grateful for the peaceful reactions of the Egyptian Church regarding the recent terrorist attacks targeting them.

According to the New York Times, some of the powerful detainees may have suffered abuse at the hands of their captors as they were coerced into agreements to hand over billions of dollars to the Saudi government in return for their freedom.

The report also said that more than a dozen of the prisoners were abused while they were being held, and that numerous assets of the 381 princes, ministers and tycoons have yet to be seized.

Those arrested included Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire businessman with stakes in companies such as Twitter, Inc, as well as Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, a board member of Saudi Arabia's biggest travel company, Prince Mitaab bin Abdullah, the head of the National Guard, and Adel Faqih, the minister of economy.

The hugely influential Saudi prince is visiting Egypt, Britain and the United States as part of a long foreign trip, his first as crown prince.

Evidence of such abuse has been slow to emerge, but officials from two western governments said they deemed the reports credible. His skin showed other signs of physical abuse, the person said.

According to a report by the New York Times, witnesses who saw the corpse of the officer said that his neck was twisted unnaturally as though it had been broken, and that his body was badly bruised and swollen.

In the emailed response to questions about Gen. Qahtani, an official of the Saudi Embassy in Washington said, "All allegations of abuse and torture of those investigated during the anti-corruption proceedings are absolutely untrue". "All those under investigation had full access to legal counsel in addition to medical care to address pre-existing, chronic conditions".

The Binladin Group is owned by one of the Kingdom's wealthiest families; its chairman, Bakr bin Laden, was detained in Salman's November graft along with several other relatives.

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who recently was released after almost three months in detention as part of a so-called anti-corruption purge, reportedly does not have the permission to travel outside of the kingdom.

Major General Ali al-Qahtani, a top aide to a son of the late King Abdullah, was among those held. The general was pronounced dead at a military hospital.

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