Two Saudi princes released from detention in anti-corruption probe: source
DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) – Two children of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah have been released from detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, days after almost two lots other detainees in the kingdom’s two-month-old anti-corruption campaign were likewise released.
Saudi Arabia’s attorney general of the United States approved the release of Prince Meshaal bin Abdullah and Prince Faisal bin Abdullah after they reached financial settlements with the federal government, a senior Saudi authorities with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The source did not elaborate on the settlements.
The chief law officer had not yet reached a decision on whether to release a third sibling, Prince Turki bin Abdullah, the source said.
An associated member of the royal household, Princess Nouf bint Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud, tweeted images of the two princes and exclamations of thanks on Thursday.
Saudi security forces assembled some 200 princes, ministers and magnate and converted the Ritz-Carlton into a glamorous prison for them in early November in what Riyadh said was a crackdown on corruption.
The relocation was likewise extensively seen by analysts as helping Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidate his grip on power, after he ousted his cousin as beneficiary to the throne in the summer.
The most powerful of King Abdullah’s kids, former National Guard chief Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, was released last month after consenting to pay the government $1 billion.
Prince Miteb had been the last member of Abdullah’s Shammar branch of the household to keep an essential position in the Saudi class structure, after Prince Meshaal and Prince Turki were alleviated of their posts as governors in 2015.
Saudi paper Okaz reported on Tuesday that 23 individuals had actually been released after reaching deals with the federal government which more were anticipated to follow in the days ahead.
Others who had not reached settlements would deal with trial, the report said.
Reporting by Rania El Gamal and Katie Paul; Editing by Alison Williams