Rife amidst Saudi’s royalty?
Prince Khaled bin Talal has reportedly launched a public attack on his brother, Prince Alwaleed, in an article published on an Arabic website.
July 1, 2009 3:08 by Aarti Nagraj
Prince Khaled bin Talal has accused his brother Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of spreading “depravity and lust” in the kingdom, and has asked for his assets to be frozen, reports the BBC. In an article published on an Arabic website, Prince Khaled also condemned Prince Alwaleed’s liberal lifestyle and accused him of violating Shariah laws through his media empire.
Prince Khaled said he was forced to speak out publicly against his brother after quieter efforts to correct his behavior did not work.
One of the richest businessmen in the world, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal’s empire is huge. His media and entertainment company recently screened a Saudi filmed titled “Manahi” in the kingdom, which lifted a 30-year ban on cinema in the conservative Arab state.
Prince Khaled wrote that his brother’s plan to reintroduce cinema into Saudi society was the final straw that forced him to speak out.
“It has long been known that there is a split within the ranks of Saud family between liberals and conservatives,” says the BBC report.
According to intelligence provider STRATFOR, Prince Khaled is connected to a hard-line Islamist blogger, Ibrahim al Shehri, on whose blog he reportedly rebuked his brother. He also has a criminal record; he allegedly shot up a government building and killed one worker.