Source: Human Rights Watch

The Saudi elites have realized, perhaps for the first time, that they too can be subject to the same unjust, lawless prosecutions previously reserved mostly for political dissidents and terrorism. Saudi elites had long been immune to the worst failures of this brutal system. Their wealth and freedom to travel — sometimes by virtue of a handy second passport from a Western country — allowed them to flee the social, political and religious confines of their Riyadh homes. Now they know that no one is really safe when there are no laws or institutions to protect you.

Some defenders of Prince Mohammed and the Saudi monarchy are less concerned with the rights of the accused, confident that they will never have to face justice there. They have lauded the mass arrests as evidence that Prince Mohammed is serious about taking on corruption, and some even liken the forfeiture of billions of dollars of assets by those arrested in exchange for their freedom to plea bargains in America. But capricious bullying won’t curb abuses in Saudi Arabia, nor will it lead Saudis to trust that their country is committed to reform and the rule of law. And surely, many more Saudis are right now zipping their lips and keeping their heads down, wondering who’s next.  READ MORE…

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