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Amid Khashoggi outrage, Saudi prince rumoured killed re-emerges

Prince Abdul Aziz disappeared last year amid rumours he had been killed [Twitter]

Date of publication: 7 November, 2018

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A Saudi prince, who was rumoured to have been killed or put under house arrest, has re-emerged after a year-long mysterious disappearance.
A Saudi prince, who was rumoured to have been killed or put under house arrest, has re-emerged after a year-long mysterious disappearance.

Senior members of the Saudi royal family posted images of Abdul Aziz bin Fahd on Tuesday, as the kingdom faces mounting pressure over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"New pictures that I have taken of my uncles Prince Mohammad bin Fahd and Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd with his daughter Jawhara," Prince Nawaf bin Faisal tweeted.

The prince also posted a video of Prince Abdul Aziz playing with his children.

Prince Abdul Aziz - the son of the late King Fahd - disappeared last year amid rumours he had been killed during a gun battle while resisting arrest during an anti-graft crackdown last year.

Saudi authorities denied the reports at the time and said he was "alive and well", since then other reports have circulated that he has been under house arrest.

Before his disappearance, Prince Abdul Aziz had made comments criticising the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ousting the former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

He had also warned that his life was in danger before deleting the remarks and claiming his Twitter account had been hacked.

The sudden re-emergence comes days after Saudi authorities released the brother of billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal after nearly a year in detention.

Prince Khalid bin Talal was rounded up in what the government called a corruption crackdown, but critics said  was an attempt by bin Salman to sideline his potential rivals and consolidate power.

The developments come as the kingdom faces international outrage over the killing of Khashoggi inside its consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

It is widely seen as the worst diplomatic crisis facing the kingdom since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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