Princes and former ministers detained in Saudi Arabia corruption probe

Eleven princes, four sitting ministers and ‘tens’ of former ministers have been arrested on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday evening according to sources.

The committee announced that it is reopening the file of the 2009 Jeddah floods and investigating the Corona virus issue also known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus.

According to a Royal Decree issued by King Salman on Saturday, the anti-corruption committee is chaired by the Crown Prince with the membership of: Chairman of the Monitoring and Investigation Commission, Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Authority, Chief of the General Audit Bureau, Attorney General and Head of State Security.

The committee has the right to investigate, arrest, ban from travel, freeze accounts and portfolios, track funds and assets of individuals involved in corruption practices.

Last Update: Sunday, 5 November 2017 KSA 11:44 – GMT 08:44
Saudi Crown Prince to head new committee to combat corruption

In a statement carried by the official Saudi news agency, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud decreed the following: …

Saudi Crown Prince: Iran missile supply to Houthis ‘direct military aggression’

Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (File Photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Tuesday that Iran’s supply of missiles to the Houthi militia in Yemen was a “direct military aggression.”

On Sunday, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen accused them of “dangerous escalation (that) came because of Iranian support” after Saudi air defenses intercepted the ballistic missile heading toward Riyadh.

It was brought down near Riyadh airport without causing casualties.

Prince Mohammed received a phone call from British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Boris Johnson who condemned the Houthi missile launch.

Johnson condemned the Houthis for intentionally targeting civilians and said Britain stands with the Saudi kingdom in confronting security threats, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The crown prince told Johnson that the Iranian regime’s involvement in providing Houthi militias, which are affiliated with it, with missiles is a direct and a military aggression by Tehran and amounts to being viewed as an act of war against the kingdom.

Johnson and the crown prince also discussed regional and international developments during the phone call, the report added.

Gargash: Iran’s missile issue a priority after Houthi attack on Riyadh

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash said that “the failed Houthi attempt to target Riyadh …

Saudi Arabia intercepts missile from Yemen northeast of Riyadh

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile from Yemen in northeastern Riyadh on Saturday …

Trump voices confidence in Saudi King, Crown Prince over corruption probe

FILE PHOTO: Donald Trump and Mohammed bin Salman meet at the White House in Washington March 14, 2017. (Reuters)

US President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed a move by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to arrest royals, ministers and investors in an anti-corruption drive last week.

Trump tweeted on Monday that he had “great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia” following the mass arrests.

Trump also tweeted that “they know exactly what they are doing,” adding: “Some of those they are harshly treating have been ‘milking’ their country for years.”

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