January 6, 2018 / 7:59 PM / a year ago

Saudi public prosecutor says 11 princes arrested after palace sit-in

RIYADH (Reuters) - Eleven Saudi princes were arrested on Thursday after staging a sit-in at a royal palace in Riyadh, the public prosecutor said on Saturday, confirming earlier media reports.

The princes, who were not identified, had staged a sit-in at Qasr al-Hokam in objection to a royal decree that required members of the royal family to pay their own electricity and water bills, the public prosecutor said in a statement.

The princes were charged with disturbing public peace and order and are being held at al-Hayer prison, it said.

Reporting By Stephen Kalin; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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