Monday, November 6, 2017

King Salman's New Anti-Corruption Policy Sees Many Saudi Personalities, Including Princes Detained

Saudi Arabia's newly formed anti-corruption committee has arrested at least 17 princes and top officials, according to a list obtained by CNN.

The list includes Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire businessman who owns 95% of Kingdom Holding, which holds stakes in global companies such as Citigroup, Twitter, Apple and News Corp.

Reports of his arrest saw $750 million wiped off Prince Alwaleed's fortune Sunday.

At least 38 former, current, and deputy ministers, have been arrested on accusations of corruption.


CNN has obtained the names of 17 people on the list including formal head of the royal court Khaled Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi media mogul Waleed Al-Ibrahim and Prince Turki bin Nasser.

Badr Asaker, the bureau manager of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, tweeted the list of arrested businessmen, princes and officials early Sunday.

In addition, three ministers were removed from their positions, and tens of former ministers were detained as part of the new anti-corruption campaign initiated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, according to Saudi-backed broadcaster Al-Arabiya.

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