🇸🇦 What’s behind Saudi Arabia’s arrest of religious leaders? | Inside Story

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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