Saudi Arabia has arrested prominent preacher and scholar Safar Al-Hawali just days after he published a book criticising the ruling family.
Three of his sons – Abdul Rahman, Abdullah and Ibrahim – were also detained.
Rights groups say Abdul Rahman and Abdullah were reportedly taken into custody while attending a family wedding on Wednesday.
While Hawali and his son Ibrahim were arrested the following morning.
Hawali became known almost three decades ago as the leader of the Sahwa movement – which advocated for democracy in Saudi Arabia.
He was previously detained for opposing the ruling family.
Saudi Arabia, under Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, has launched a crackdown against activists, religious figures and opponents in recent months.
But how far will this go?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Ahmed Al-Burai – Lecturer at Aydin University.
Rami Khouri – Senior Fellow at the American University of Beirut.
Saeed Al-Shehabi – Columnist with Al-Quds Al Arabi newspaper.
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