Cotton king’s father arrested in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has arrested his father, the king’s nephew, in a bid to curb the influence of a former leader’s daughter in politics, according to a Saudi daily.

The move is part of a broader crackdown on the ruling family’s influence that has seen the death of more than a dozen high-profile members of the family.

A statement from the official Saudi Press Agency said the arrest of Abdulaziz Bin Salman, 61, comes as he attempts to “deter and control” his daughter.

It did not specify which members of his family were under arrest or who they were.

The arrest of his father came amid an intensifying crackdown on political opponents and the kingdom’s top clerics who have condemned the kingdom and other Saudi rulers for their human rights record.

The kingdom is facing a major human rights crisis after a court sentenced five of its top clerics in October to death.

The latest arrest comes at a time when a wave of protests against the royal family is gaining momentum.

The Associated Press news agency reported that police raided the house of the king, Abdulazaz Bin Abdullah, in the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Thursday, arresting four men and arresting one woman.

It said the investigation was under way and no arrests were made.

Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AP.

The king’s uncle, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been in detention since October and is being questioned by the court on accusations of inciting religious hatred.

The AP said the prince was questioned about the case on Wednesday, and he did not respond to the AP’s request for a comment.

The country is known for its strict laws on blasphemy and insulting the king.