May 30, 2023

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Saudi Arabia releases a princess after three years in captivity

Saudi Arabia releases a princess after three years in captivity

A Saudi princess who was imprisoned in Riyadh for nearly three years has been released. A human rights organization announced this on Saturday

Basma bint Saud, 57, the daughter of the second Saudi king, has been imprisoned in a notorious Saudi prison since March 2019. She is now released along with her daughter, says ALQST, a London-based rights organization specializing in Saudi Arabia.

The organization confirmed in the statement that the woman was detained for three years without any charges being brought against her. ALQST also denounces the Saudi government’s “failure to monitor the princess’ health.”

In April 2020, Basma Bint Saud had already asked via Twitter to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to release her because she was in dire need of medical help. The tweets disappeared after 48 hours.

Basma bint Saud was famous for many years as one of the few senior Saudis who did not speak up and criticized the way women were treated. She has also spoken out in favor of a constitutional monarchy and against a “particularly dangerous” religious dogma.

She is one of more than 100 sons of King Saud who were overthrown in 1964.

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