32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman might be dead following various inside reports with evidence being that leader who is naturally not a far away from the media has been unusually quiet.
After his meeting with Spanish royal family on April 12, there were reports of heavy gunfire near a royal palace in Riyadh, the kingdom’s capital.
An Iranian newspaper Kayhan reported that the Crown Prince was hit by two bullets during the attack and may actually be dead, citing “a secret service report sent to the senior officials of an unnamed Arab state.”
The paper said: “There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the absence of nearly 30 days of Muhammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, is due to an incident which is being hidden from the public.”
Kayhan also pointed out that Bin Salman was not seen on camera when the new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh in late April, while his father, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir were photographed.
To dismiss the rumor, the Saudi royal family on Wednesday released a photo of Bin Salman at a cabinet meeting in Jeddah and confirmed that he is alive.
If indeed there was a coup on April 21, it will most likely be a move of retaliation against Bin Salman’s sweeping anti-corruption crackdown in November 2017, in which he detained dozens of wealthy royal members.