Drug Smuggling, Rape and Torture: These 5 Saudi Royals All Did Things Commoners Would be Executed For
By David Ferguson
The recent arrests of two Saudi Arabian princes — one for smuggling literal tons of illegal drugs in his private plane and one for a series of sexually abusive incidents involving his employees — call attention to a long and august tradition of fabulously wealthy people from the highly religious Islamic monarchy acting in absolutely horrible ways.
On Monday, Saudi prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz and four associates were caught at the Beirut airport attempting to carry “two tons of Captagon pills” into Saudi Arabia as well as a quantity of cocaine.
Captagon is the brand name for fenethylline, a combination of the stimulants amphetamine and theophylline. Sources in the Middle East say Captagon is fueling fighters on both sides of Syria’s bloody civil war.
The Guardian said that the drug was first synthesized in the 1960s to treat “hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression,” but was ultimately banned as too addictive. It remains wildly popular in the Middle East, but virtually unheard-of anywhere else.
Last week, in Los Angeles, 29-year-old Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud was arrested on suspicion of “forced oral copulation” of an adult and other charges.
Al-Saud is accused by three anonymous female employees of going on a violent, debauched rampage in which he attacked male and female aides and house workers, forcing them to strip on command and perform sex acts against their will.
Last week neighbors spotted a naked, bleeding woman frantically trying to scale the 8-foot fence around Al-Saud’s Beverly Hills compound. They helped the woman escape and called police.
By Thursday Al-Saud — who is the son of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah — was free on $300,000 bail.
The arrests echo other instances of wealthy Saudis running afoul of the law, including the case of 27-year-old Monsour Alshammari. Alshammari was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border attempting to flee the country to escape prosecution on rape charges in Utah.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Alshammari is related to Saudi royalty and U.S. authorities say that if he is allowed to return to that country, they will lose the ability to extradite and try him.