Published On: Mon, Nov 6th, 2017

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Detained in Corruption Charges

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Prince Alwaleed bin TalaPrince Alwaleed bin Talal has been arrested in alleged corruption charges. King Salman made an anti-corruption committee, which is headed by his son.

The corruption committee has imprisoned 11 princes, four current ministers, and some former ministers, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is also among the arrested.

Furthermore, two new ministers are also appointed by the king on important economic and security positions. Moreover, a prominent royal family’s guard was removed.

The situation is still not clear on the reasons for arrest. Al-Arabiya, the state run TV reported the committee is looking into deadly floods that overwhelmed parts of the city of Jeddah in 2009.

Al-Arabiya also reported the committee is investigating the Saudi Government‘s response to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus that has killed several hundred people in the past few years.

These changing circumstances have solidified the position of Crown Prince Mohommad, who was named heir of the thrown in June. This move sidelined his older cousin. Prince Mohammed bin Nayef also served as interior minister.

The anti-corruption body has been allotted with great power It can investigate cases, issue arrest warrants and travel restrictions, and freeze assets.

The royal decree said, “The homeland will not exist unless corruption is uprooted and the corrupt are held accountable.”

It has been informed by Al-Arabiya TV that changes in the cabinet have also been made, Prince Miteb bin Abdullah replaced as minister of the National Guard by Khaled bin Ayyaf, while Economy Minister Adel Fakieh was removed in favor of his deputy Mohammed al-Tuwaijri.

Prince Miteb, was leading the race for the throne, before the surprising rise of Prince Mohammed two years ago. Prince Mitab was the favorite son of late King Abdullah

Prince Miteb was the last remaining member of Abdullah’s branch of the family to have an important position in the Saudi power structure.

About the Author

- Junaid Ashraf has a Master of Philosophy degree in government and public policy. He has international publications through Taylor & Francis, a leading British publishing body. He regularly write columns for newspapers. His interests include international political economy, geopolitics and good governance. He writes for Asia Times.