British MPs and lawyers proceed with fact-finding panel and review of detention conditions of two senior Saudi Princes

  • Last week, UK MPs and international lawyers formed a fact-finding panel to investigate and report on the detention of the former Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Nayef and Prince Ahmed Bin Abdul- Aziz

  • The Panel submitted a request to the Saudi Government through the Ambassador to London to visit the Former Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Nayef and Prince Ahmed Bin Abdul- Aziz

  • Visit request comes amidst concerns that the Princes’ whereabouts are still unknown following arrest and detention in March 2020

  • The Saudi Ambassador responded inviting the Panel Chair to an informal discussion which took place on Monday 5th October.

  • Saudi Ambassador proposed discussion with full panel next week

  • Discussion on how the panel will develop will be held at a Press Conference to be held on Wednesday October 7th 2020 at 4 pm (London time, details below)

LONDON - A cross-party group of British MPs and international lawyers have formed a panel requesting the right to visit the Former Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Nayef and Prince Ahmed Bin Abdul-Aziz who have been detained at an unknown location for over six months.

Both Princes have reportedly been denied access to legal advice, medical care and communication with their family members after being suddenly detained and disappeared in March 2020. The Panel will seek to establish the detention conditions and treatment of the Princes and other key political figures detained in the region. They will amalgamate their findings and publish them in a written report.

Following a request made to the Saudi Government to be given access and information on the whereabouts of the Princes, the Saudi Embassy invited the chair of the panel, Crispin Blunt MP, for an informal meeting in London. The outcome of this meeting can be discussed at an online Press Conference to be held at 4 pm on Wednesday October 7th 2020.

The Fact Finding Panel’s members are:

  • Crispin Blunt MP (Con), former Chair of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, and former Under-Secretary of State for Prisons – Chair of the Fact Finding Panel

  • Layla Moran MP (Lib Dem), Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and International Development

  • Imran Ahmad Khan MP (Con), Former Special Assistant for Political Affairs in Mogadishu.

  • Tim Moloney QC of Doughty Street Chambers and Haydee Dijkstal of 33 Bedford Row who are the Panel’s legal advisers.

  • The independent Panel is constituted by Bindmans LLP.