The late Saudi Maj. Gen. Ali al-Qahtani is said to have shown up at the morgue from the Riyadh Ritz Carlton where he had been imprisoned by Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, 32, with a broken neck, bruises and swelling all over his body, and burn marks from electric shock.
Ben Hubbard, David D. Kirkpatrick, Kate Kelly and Mark Mazzetti at The New York Times confirm through extensive interviewing the horror stories that leaked out of the Ritz Carlton this past fall, about the cream of the Saudi business class being imprisoned and tortured until they signed over their assets to Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman. This Marxist fantasy of bourgeois abuse was carried out by the young prince in the name of an anti-corruption campaign, but it appears to have been a bid to weaken the relatives of the late King Abdullah and to feather the nest of the future king.
The NYT report reveals that the some 200 victims of this arbitrary seizure of their property are still more or less under house arrest, forced to wear electronic bracelets, and that they and their close family members have not been allowed to leave the country. Many signed over virtually all their assets to gain their freedom, but no legal attachment of their property has yet been carried out, so they are in limbo, sitting in homes they do not know if they own and on no-fly watchlists.
Inside the Ritz Carlton, shower rods and glass doors were removed from the bathrooms to prevent suicide attempts. Detainees were systematically abused, 17 of them so badly they were sent to hospital.
Al-Qahtani, taken into custody in early November, had been the security chief for Prince Turki Bin Abdullah, a son of the late King Abdullah who may have been viewed by Bin Salman as a rival for power from a different branch of the royal family.