Press Shia Agency – Ayatollah Ka’bi said that disputes with the House of Saud have reached their peak in the fight against corruption and the heroization of certain personalities.

Press Shia Agency – In an interview with Press Shia Agency News Agency, Ayatollah Abbas Ka’bi, the representative of the people of Khuzestan province in the Assembly of Experts, referred to recent developments within the House of Saud, “Such developments reflect the domination of the Americans and the efforts to present an American form of Islam with a liberal outlook and heroization to save the House of Saud from collapse.”

The member of the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom pointed that Takfiri movements such as Daesh, traditional Wahhabism and its alliance with the House of Saud and liberal Islam, which gives attention to ethical unrest and moral corruption, are rooted in Saudi Arabia and added, “The Saudi regime is threatened by the allies of these three trends, while liberal Islam threatens the internal identity of Saudi society and the Saudi regime.” 

Ayatollah Ka’bi said, “Meanwhile, by bringing to power an immature and ignorant young leader with liberal tendencies, the United States wants to wants to integrate a model of liberal and religious traditions in opposition to traditional Wahhabism, members of Daesh and Takfirism and to strengthen [Crown Prince] Muhammad ibn Salman’s plans with a seemingly reformist approach with a series of acts guaranteeing civil liberties and a fight against corruption.”

The senior Iranian politician stated, “It seems that the traditional Wahhabism and court are more powerful than ibn Salman and along with the actions and movements of Daesh and the Takfiris, the Saudi regime is subject to internal disunity and the collapse of identity and the recent arrests in the Kingdom seem to be within the framework of the [newly formed] Anti-Corruption Committee.”

Ayatollah Ka’bi argued that such a committee cannot identify and arrest corrupt forces overnight and noted, “The list of Saudi captured princes includes those opposed to ibn Salman’s rise to power. It seems that the differences within the House of Saud have reached their peak in the form of the fight against corruption and the heroization of certain personalities.” 

Dozens of princes, ministers, and former ministers were detained on Saturday on the orders of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Anti-Corruption Committee headed by the crown prince.

The detained individuals are facing allegations of money laundering, bribery, extorting officials, and misappropriation of public funds for personal benefits.

The crackdown is believed to be a self-promotion campaign launched by the crown prince aimed at consolidating his power.

Sources say the number of the arrestees actually stood at more than 500, and that twice that number had been questioned.