Prince Sultan bin Turki, a Saudi defector, has been kidnapped by the Saudi royal family, according to his associates.
The Prince, who is known as a critic of the Saudi government and a rare advocate for reform in the royal family, allegedly boarded a plane from Paris to Cairo on February 1 – but never arrived at his destination. Sources say the plane the Prince boarded was from Saudi, and that Saudi royals had spoken with him before he departed for Cairo and disappeared en route.
One associate told the Guardian that, before his departure, the Prince had joked that he might be kidnapped, telling friends that if he disappeared he would probably be in Riyadh.
The Prince would be the third Saudi royal to go missing under similar suspicious circumstances in the past year. Last September, Prince Saud bin Saif al-Nasr bin Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who had publicly criticised the government and called for the removal of the current Crown Prince, disappeared suddenly. He is now reported to be inside Saudi Arabia. In July Prince Turki bin Bandar, another royal defector, disappeared on the way to Morocco.
Sultan bin Turki is involved in an ongoing legal case against the Saudi royal family following another alleged kidnapping in 2004, and had employed round the clock protection.
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