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Saudi 'with royal family links' arrested at US-Mexico border

Saudi was allegedly attempting to flee the US after posting $100,000 bail on charges of rape and obstruction of justice

Saudi 'with royal family links' arrested at US-Mexico border
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A Saudi man, who reportedly has links to the royal family and is facing a rape charge in the US, has been arrested at the US-Mexico border, according to reports.

Monsour Alshammari, 27, posted $100,000 bail after being charged with rape and obstruction of justice in February.

The alleged victim claims she was assaulted at his apartment in Orem, Utah.

According to the affidavit, Alshammari denied the allegations but authorities found sufficient evidence to charge him, Fox News reported.

Authorities said he was a Saudi national with ties to the Saudi royal family. They argued he was a flight risk but he was granted bail.

He was later stopped at the US-Mexico border, where is he believed to have been attempting to flee the country.

There is no extradition arrangement between the US and Saudi Arabia.

Alshammari is reportedly being held in a US federal detention facility.

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