Saudi sex videos clip

One popular cleric, commenting on the clip, has suggested that women are the "cause of harassment and adultery", sparking an online backlash.

Amid the controversy, some Twitter users have come to the defence of the arrested man, arguing that having sex is a "personal freedom" that should not be punished.

King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of the prince on Wednesday, a day after short video clips were published on You Tube and shared on Twitter showing what appears to be a rifle pointed toward a man who is bleeding from the head and pleading.

One clip, viewed more than 760,000 times, also shows 18 bottles of Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky displayed on a table and a wad of cash.

Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates of executions in the world.