Saudi dissident Al-Otaibi to return home

Saudi Arabia's opposition activist Kassab al-Otaibi has said he will return to his home country after 20 years in self-exile.

Saudi dissident Al-Otaibi to return home

World Bulletin / News Desk 

"After 20 years I find myself on my way back to Riyadh…to reunite with my mother and my homeland," al-Otaibi, 45, said on Twitter on Tuesday.

The activist has been living in London since he left Saudi Arabia in 1994. He had joined forces with opposition leaders Mohamed al-Mesairi and Saad al-Faqih to found the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights but later left the organization.

Al-Otaibi's return, which comes two months after the inauguration of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, is rumored to be the outcome of a deal with Saudi authorities by which his freedom in the kingdom came at the condition of stopping his criticism of the regime.

Saudi officials, however, were not immediately available for comment on the activist's release.

Al-Otaibi is known for his consistent opposition stance towards the Saudi monarchy.

However, the intensity of his anti-regime stances has been lowered in recent months after then-interior minister – and current deputy crown prince – Prince Mohamed bin Nayef ordered the transfer of al-Otaibi's father for medical treatment abroad before his death late last year.

Al-Otaibi, for his part, had publicly thanked and appreciated Prince Nayef's gesture.

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