Saudi Princes Lose Battle to Keep Court Documents Secret

(Guardian-UK) Owen Bowcott and Ian Black - Two prominent Saudi princes are involved in a London-registered company that supposedly facilitated "money laundering" for Hizbullah in Lebanon and helped smuggle precious stones out of Congo, according to contested allegations in court documents obtained by the Guardian. The claims emerge from court papers that lawyers for the Saudis have spent a year trying to suppress, including resorting to threats that relations with Britain would be damaged if they were revealed. The two Saudis are Prince Mishal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former defense minister, brother of King Abdullah, and his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Mishal bin Al Saud. In the context of Middle East politics, the suggestion that two prominent Sunni Muslims from the Saudi royal family have been surreptitiously dealing for profit with Hizbullah, a Shia force supported by Iran, is extremely damaging.

2013-05-17 00:00:00

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