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Bin Salman releases 2 Saudi princes

December 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Crown Prince and Defence Minister of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud [Hakan Göktepe/Anadolu Agency]

Two sons of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah have been released from detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel, days after nearly two dozen other detainees in the Kingdom’s two-month-old “anti-corruption campaign” were also freed.

Saudi Arabia’s attorney general approved the release of Prince Meshaal Bin Abdullah and Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah after they reached financial settlements with the government, a senior Saudi official with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

The source did not elaborate on the settlements.

The attorney general had not yet reached a decision on whether to release a third brother, Prince Turki Bin Abdullah, the source said.

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A related member of the royal family, Princess Nouf Bint Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Saud, tweeted photos of the two princes and exclamations of thanks yesterday.

Saudi security forces rounded up some 200 princes, ministers and business leaders and converted the Ritz-Carlton into a prison for them in early November in what Riyadh said was a crackdown on corruption.


The move was also widely seen by analysts as helping Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman consolidate his grip on power, after he ousted his cousin as heir to the throne in the summer.

The most powerful of King Abdullah’s sons, former National Guard chief Prince Miteb Bin Abdullah, was released last month after agreeing to pay the government $1 billion.

Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Tuesday that 23 individuals had been released after reaching deals with the government and that more were expected to follow in the days ahead.

Others who had not reached settlements would face trial, the report said.