A Saudi Arabian prince has been caught in an international bacon trafficking scandal involving hundreds of members of the Saudi royal family reports the Jerusalem Herald this morning.
Prince Adel Al-Otaibi is actually being detained by Israel authorities after trying to smuggle over 2,000 kilos of undeclared various pig meat products.
The 2,000 kilos of processed meat originally declared as “veal meat” were found to be suspicious by local authorities who eventually realized the meat was, in fact, pig meat, a delicacy which is under heavy scrutiny by the country’s laws and that makes pig farming a crime in most regions of Israel except for a minority of Christian Arab communities that are allowed by law to raise the farm animals.
Saudi authorities have not taken to the news kindly as Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adel Al Jubeir, has accused Israel of “framing a member of the royal family” in a disloyal attempt to “attack the reputation of the royal Saudi family” and is asking for the immediate release of Prince Adel Al-Otaibi and his 17 bodyguards.
Prince Adel Al-Otaibi, who is renown for his outlandish ways and extravagant parties, made international headlines last year after rumors spread on social media that he had offered $1 million dollars to Kim Kardashian for an evening with the celebrity.
Although Kim Kardashian never publicly confirmed the rumor, she was spotted at Riyadh King Khalid International Airport weeks later by paparazzi.
In 2010, Wikileaks released leaked documents originating from US diplomats describing a world of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll behind the official pieties of the Saudi Arabian royalty, where liquor and prostitutes were present in abundance, all things strictly prohibited by Saudi law and custom.
Saudi Arabia prohibits the import, use, or possession of pork, as pork is held to be contrary to the tenets of Islam.