Zayd al-Isa, Middle East expert from London, in an interview with Press TV on Saturday said "He was one of the masterminds of sending the Saudi troops to invade, occupy… Bahrain.”
On June 16, Saudi Arabia’s state TV said the 79-year-old Nayef, who was recently receiving medical treatment, has died "outside the kingdom.”
In mid-March 2011, Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, deployed troops in Bahrain to help the Manama regime crush anti-government demonstrations.
Nayef was announced the new heir to the Saudi throne after the death of his full brother, former Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, at a New York hospital on October 22, 2011.
Isa said "Nayef also was instrumental in playing a role in destabilizing, derailing and ultimately dismantling the political process in Iraq.”
Isa added "He basically will leave a power vacuum or a power void which is very hard to fill.”