Saudi Arabia's former Chief of General Intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal, has confirmed that four Saudi princes who disappeared in Europe are now in Riyadh.
The prince made the remarks during an interview with Russia's Sputnik news agency published last week on the current situation in the Middle East, and prospects for joint cooperation between Moscow and Riyadh following the Saudi king's visit to Russia.
Asked about the disappearance of the four princes, Faisal said that "Interpol has issued warrants to arrest them. We don't like to publicize these things because we consider them our domestic affair. Of course, there were people who worked to bring them back. They are here; they didn't disappear. They are seeing their families".
They are like any criminals, they have rights and responsibilities
the prince added.
In August, BBC Arabic broadcast a documentary claiming three princes from the Al-Saud family who opposed the regime and lived in Europe had disappeared.
The three princes have publicly criticised the Saudi authorities and the regime in Saudi Arabia.
The report pointed out new evidence confirms that the three princes were kidnapped and deported to Saudi Arabia. The report also confirmed that the kidnapping was consistent with a state programme which systematically kidnap Saudi dissidents and opponents.
Despite all reports and documents published about the kidnapping of the three princes, the Saudi authorities have not issued any statement or commented on the new evidence relating to their kidnapping.