Mohamed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, is known for gifting former president Jair Bolsonaro with jewelry sets. He is also Neymar’s boss and the target of numerous allegations, including the murder of a dissident journalist, religious intolerance, and the imposition of apartheid against women and homosexuals, according to information from Globo.

Bolsonaro and Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: reproduction

Bin Salman is first in line to the Saudi throne and was named prime minister in September last year, a post traditionally held by the king, who suffers from Alzheimer’s. He previously served as deputy prime minister and defense minister. According to consultancy Brand Finance, his wealth is valued at $1.4 trillion.

The prince, who has accumulated a number of assets in recent years, signed a two-year contract with Neymar to play for Al-Hilal, one of the clubs acquired by Saudi Arabia’s state investment fund. However, bin Salman is the target of several allegations.

Journalist Murder

A US intelligence report released in 2021 concluded that Mohamed bin Salman approved the operation to “capture or kill journalist” Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared on October 2, 2018, after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia claimed he was killed during a fight. Khashoggi, who had been living in the United States since 2017 for safety, was strangled and his body dismembered by a group of 15 Saudi assassins.

Bombings in Yemen

In 2018, a Yemeni human rights group sued Mohamed bin Salman for complicity in torture and inhumane treatment, holding him responsible for airstrikes that killed civilians in Yemen.

Family Separation

According to 14 US intelligence officials, Mohamed bin Salman has banned his mother, Princess Fahda bint Falah Al Hathleen, from meeting with King Salman, possibly keeping her under house arrest, so as not to undermine his plans to consolidate power.

Religious Persecution

Saudi Arabia, ruled by an absolute monarchy, does not allow religious freedom. Conversion to Christianity is illegal and can carry the death penalty. Christians are forbidden from practicing their faith openly and their homes are frequently searched by religious police.

Oppression Against Women

Saudi society places intense oppression on women, who are strictly monitored. Women are not allowed to leave their homes without a male relative and are exposed to the risk of physical and sexual abuse, reflecting their submissive status and lack of protection in Saudi society.


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