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Arrested Saudi Arabian Royalty ‘Imprisoned’ at Luxury Ritz Carlton Hotel

The 11 princes of the House of Saud that rules Saudi Arabia; four government ministers and tens of former ministers arrested over the weekend in a sweeping anti-corruption probe are now “languishing” at the new and posh “prison” called The Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, one of the country’s toniest luxury hotels.

Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (4E) – The 11 princes of the House of Saud that guidelines Saudi Arabia; 4 authorities ministers and tens of former ministers arrested over the weekend in a sweeping anti-corruption probe are actually “languishing” on the new and posh “prison” referred to as The Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, one of many nation’s toniest luxurious resorts.

Saudi state media reported that amongst these arrested in an enormous purge ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, favourite son and prime adviser of Saudi monarch King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was Saudi billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of many world’s richest males.

The flamboyant bin Talal, a prolific investor, has stakes in Apple, Twitter, News Corp, Citigroup, the Four Seasons, Fairmont and Movenpick lodge chains, and within the ride-sharing companies Lyft and Careem. These investments had been made by means of bin Talal’s funding agency, Kingdom Holding.

Analysts mentioned the sudden and widespread arrests seems to be the newest transfer to consolidate the facility of the Crown Prince, who now dominates the nation’s navy, international, financial and social insurance policies. The Crown Prince is just 32 years previous.

The suddenness of the mass arrests may be seen in that King Salman decreed the creation of a strong new anti-corruption committee headed by the Crown Prince solely hours earlier than the committee ordered the huge arrests.

State-run media mentioned the anticorruption committee has the best to analyze, arrest, ban from journey, or freeze the belongings of anybody it deems corrupt.

It mentioned the committee is wanting into lethal floods that inundated components of Jeddah in 2009 and the federal government’s response to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus that has killed a number of hundred individuals a couple of years in the past.

The royal decree mentioned the committee was established “due to the propensity of some people for abuse, putting their personal interest above public interest, and stealing public funds.”

The Ritz Carlton, the de facto royal lodge, was cleared of company on Nov.four to imprison the detained royals. The airport for personal planes was closed in a authorities try to dam wealthy businessmen from fleeing earlier than extra arrests are made.

Also ousted was Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, head of the National Guard who was as soon as thought-about a contender for the throne. Prince Miteb was changed by a lesser recognized royal, Prince Khalid bin Ayyaf al-Muqrin, additionally a National Guard commander.

The elimination of Prince Miteb eliminates some of the formidable rivals to the Crown Prince. Three months in the past, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (one other rival) was ousted from the road of succession and from his submit as inside minister.

Also changed was Minister of Economy and Planning Adel Fakeih and his deputy, Mohammad al-Tuwaijri.

The heads of the three state-owned TV networks had been additionally arrested. They are Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (Rotana), Walid Al Brahim (MBC) and Saleh Kamel (ART).

No official clarification was given for the sackings.

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