Saudi Arabia detentions: Prince Miteb bin Abdullah released

| Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 4:13pm

 

Prince Miteb was the most politically influential royal detained in the corruption crackdown

 

Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah has been released more than three weeks after he was detained on allegations of corruption, officials have said.

Prince Miteb, once seen as a contender to the throne, was freed after agreeing an "acceptable settlement" with authorities of more than $1bn (£750m).

He was one of more than 200 princes, ministers and businessmen detained in an anti-corruption drive on 4 November.

At least three others have also agreed settlements, the officials said.

"Yes, Prince Miteb was released this morning [Tuesday]," a source close to the government told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

The prince has so far not commented, and it was not clear whether he was now able to move freely or whether he was under some form of house arrest.

The 65-year-old son of the late King Abdullah was the most politically influential royal detained under the orders of a newly formed anti-corruption committee headed by his 32-year-old cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Miteb was minister of the National Guard, an elite security force with 100,000 personnel that is tasked with protecting royal leaders, but was sacked hours before his detention.

An official involved in the investigation told Reuters news agency the settlement agreed by the prince "included admitting corruption involving known cases".

SOURCE: BBC NEWS



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