Riyadh: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Nayef Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has died in Geneva, Saudi state television said on Saturday, citing a royal court statement.
Nayef, interior minister since 1975, was the heir to Saudi King Abdullah and was appointed crown prince in October after the death of his elder brother and predecessor in the role, Crown Prince Sultan.
The 79-year-old Prince Nayef, who was recently abroad for medical treatment, had “died outside the kingdom,” said Al Ekhbariyah Television, quoting a statement from the royal court.He had been in Switzerland since May for medical tests.
Nayef bin Abdulaziz was born in Tauf in 1934. He was the son of King Abdulaziz and Hassa bint Ahmad al Sudairi. Therefore, he was one of the Sudairi brothers. He was the twenty-third son of King Abdulaziz.
Prince Nayef received his education at “The Princes School” and at the hands of senior ulema (religious leaders). Additionaly, he was educated in diplomacy and security affairs.
During the period of 1952-1953, Prince Nayef served as vice governor of Riyadh Province. In 1953, he was appointed as governor of Riyadh Province. He stayed in this post for only one year. In 1970, King Faisal appointed him to both deputy minister of the Interior and minister of State for Internal Affairs
Prince Nayef has been active in philanthropy to Palestinians, Indonesians and Pakistanis.
Prince Nayef together with his full brother and his deputy at the Ministery of Interior, Prince Ahmed are reported to pay massive bonuses to successful security officers, but also have a reputation for honesty and using the massive security budget only for the mission and not to enrich themselves.