WASHINGTON — An American businessman, in an affidavit made public today, charged that he was held against his will for four months in a series of Saudi royal palaces, a victim of internal palace intrigues.
A suit has been filed by Sam Bamieh, a San Mateo, Calif., businessman who said he acted as a financial consultant and adviser to Saudi Arabia's King Fahd for several years.
According to the complaint, several high-ranking Saudi officials working for King Fahd, who are identified as Mohammad Imran and Mohammad al-Suliamen, conspired to imprison Bamieh from March to July of this year in a series of royal palaces in Saudi Arabia.
The documents, provided to reporters in Washington, say Bamieh was told that he "was a guest of the king," but that he could not leave and he was falsely accused of being an agent of the CIA and the Israeli secret service, Mossad. His suit charges that he was confined for 133 days and then, without explanation, was permitted to go and given $400,000 in compensation for the treatment he had endured.