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Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes in anti-corruption sweep

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 Nov 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Riyadh, Nov 5: Saudi Arabia has announced the arrest of 11 princes including prominent billioire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, following the formation of an anti-corruption committee by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, media reports said on Sunday. The announcement of the arrests was made on Saturday on Al Arabiya, the Saudi-owned satellite network.

Along with the 11 princes, three ministers were removed from their positions: Economy and Planning Minister Adel bin Mohammed Faqih, tiol Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and val Forces Commander Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan, reports CNN.

King Salman ordered the new anti-corruption campaign as part of an “active reform agenda aimed at tackling a persistent problem that has hindered development efforts in the Kingdom in recent decades”, a statement from the Saudi Ministry of Communications said. The royal decree said the committee was needed “due to the propensity of some people for abuse, putting their persol interest above public interest, and stealing public funds” and will “trace and combat corruption at all levels”, the statement said. (IANS)

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