NNN – No New News? – 5/24/20 – Imprisoned Saudi Princess Basmah hoped she would be granted mercy in Ramadan, but her cousin Mohammed bin Salman has turned a blind eye

insider@insider.com (Bill Bostock) – May 24, 2020·4 min read

Basmah MBS bin Salman Princess Saudi
A composite image of Princess Basmah bint Saud and her cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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  • Every year during the holy month of Ramadan, the king of Saudi Arabia pardons hundreds of prisoners as a gesture of goodwill.
  • Princess Basmah of Saudi Arabia, who has been imprisoned since March 2019, hoped she would be granted mercy. That did not happen.
  • Ramadan ended on Saturday with marked silence from Basmah’s uncle and cousin, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
  • Upon her detention in 2019, Basmah was charged with procuring a fake passport and suspected of trying to flee the kingdom. Those charges were dropped but she remains detained.
  • Her inner circle has told Insider they believe her imprisonment is due to her past criticism of the state’s policies, and a family battle over multi-million dollar inheritance.
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Fourteen months after she was abducted, jailed, and accused of trying to flee Saudi Arabia, Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud hoped she would be freed this Ramadan, but her pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Every year the king, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, issues pardons for hundreds of prisoners as a gesture of goodwill during the Islamic holy month, which this year ran from April 23 to May 23.

On April 16, the princess broke her 13-month silence to reveal on Twitter that she was in jail, and begged her uncle King Salman and cousin Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for freedom.

“I am beseeching my uncle … and my cousin … to review my case, and to release me as I have done no wrong. My current health status is VERY critical,” she said in a series of tweets.

Those tweets were deleted shortly afterward, and all her communications from prison were cut. Her office reposted the tweets on April 27.

Suhoud Al Sharif and Princess Basmah
Basmah (center, in white) and her daughter Suhoud al-Sharif (left).

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Held without charges

Basmah and her 28-year-old daughter, Suhoud al-Sharif, were abducted at their apartment building in Jeddah on March 1, 2019, and detained shortly after.

They were later taken to the high-security al-Ha’ir prison, where they have remained since….Read The Rest At Yahoo.com

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