Thursday, November 23, 2017

Torture Inside Saudi Arabia's Gilded Prison at the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton; Billionaire Alwaleed Hung Upside Down

Dozens of prominent Saudi figures are being held at Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton hotel. Many names are still secret, but the list is said to comprise at least 11 princes. It is all part of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman's purge.

Remarkably, a female BBC reporter,  Lyse Doucet, was able to gain access to the palatial hotel/prison. Below is her video report:

But she was likely given access because of reports that some of those being detained have been tortured by American mercenaries.

Some are being strung up by their feet and beaten by American private security contractors, a source in the country tells states that the arrests have been followed by 'interrogations' which a source said were being carried out by 'American mercenaries' brought in to work for the 32-year-old crown prince, who is now the kingdom's most powerful figure.

'They are beating them, torturing them, slapping them, insulting them. They want to break them down,' the source told

'Blackwater' has been named by's source as the firm involved, and the claim of its presence in Saudi Arabia has also been made on Arabic social media, and by Lebanon's president.
The firm's successor, Academi, strongly denies even being in Saudi Arabia and says it does not engage in torture, which it is illegal for any U.S. citizen to commit anywhere in the world.

The report also says that billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (who owns large stakes in Apple, Citigroup and other American firms) was hung upside to 'send a message' after being lured to a meeting with the crown prince. He is worth at least $7 billion.

Prince Mohammed has bypassed the normal security forces in keeping the princes and other billionaires at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

'All the guards in charge are private security because MBS (Mohammed Bin Salman) doesn't want Saudi officers there who have been saluting those detainees all their lives,' said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.

A high-profile Saudi twitter account, @ Ahdjadid, which posts what is said to be inside information, also claimed Salman has brought in at least 150 'Blackwater' guards.

Saudi whistleblower Ahdjadid tweeted: 'The first group of Blackwater mercenaries arrived in Saudi Arabia a week after the toppling of bin Nayef [Salman's predecessor as crown prince].

'They were around 150 fighters. Bin Salman sent some of them to secure bin Nayef's place of detention and the rest he used for his own protection.'

A doctor at a hospital in Riyadh and a US official told the New York Times that as many as 17 detainees had needed medical treatment.

After the arrests, a picture was given to of the Saudi royals sleeping on thin mattresses in the ballroom of the five star Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh.



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