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Several Saudi princes detained among dozens in new anti-corruption purge

Several Saudi princes detained among dozens in new anti-corruption purge
05 Nov 2017
  • According to media reports, a newly constituted anti-corruption body in Saudi Arabia has detained 11 princes, four sitting ministers, and dozens of former ministers.
  • These detentions came a few hours after the new body, headed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was formed by royal decree.
  • The detainees, however, have not been named and it's unclear what they have been charged with.

  • Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's vision for Saudi Arabia
    FACT
    Last year, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had unveiled a wide-ranging plan for facilitating social and economic change in Saudi Arabia. In a recent conference, he said that a return to "moderate Islam" was required, and vowed to "eradicate the remnants of extremism very soon".

    Saudi Arabia's ongoing purge
    Media reports
  • Saudi broadcaster Al-Arabiya reported the detentions were the result of fresh investigations which had recently been launched into the 2009 Jeddah floods, and the 2012 outbreak of the Mers virus.
  • Earlier, the heads of the Saudi Navy and National Guard were replaced in high-profile sackings without any stated official reason. Among those sacked was Prince Miteb din Abdullah, son of the late King Abdullah.

  • Political motivations or anti-corruption drive?
    Politics
  • Interestingly, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, was once seen as a contender to the throne and, as the National Guard minister, was the last member of Abdullah's family at the highest levels of the Saudi government.
  • Owing to the sacking of the Navy and National Guard heads, Crown Prince Mohammad, who's already the defense minister, now has nominal control over all of Saudi's security forces.



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