In Saudi Arabia on charges of corruption arrested 11 princes, four of the 34 Ministers and ex-Minister. It is reported by the Saudi channel Al Arabiya.
Among the detainees – the Prince-billionaires, al-Waleed bin Talal, whose wealth Forbes in 2016 estimated at 17 billion dollars and was named 41st in the list of the richest people in the world. It is called the “Arab Warren Buffett”. Prince al-Waleed bin Talal is the largest shareholder of American Citigroup and the second shareholder of the production company 21st Century Fox.
Detained billionaire Saleh Abdullah Kamel, founder of the conglomerate Dallah al Baraka Group, whose fortune Forbes estimated at $ 2 billion in 2016, and businessman Waleed bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim, Chairman of the Middle East Broadcasting Center, whose wealth was estimated in 2012 at $ 10 billion.
The detention took place in accordance with a new anti-corruption Committee, headed by crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose ascent to the throne is expected next year.
According to the decree of the king of Saudi Arabia Salman signed a few hours before arrests created the anti-corruption Committee, which introduced the Secretary of the Commission of monitoring and investigation head of intelligence, Prosecutor General, head of General audit Bureau, Secretary of the national anti-corruption Agency. Preside at meetings of the Committee, crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
June 21, Saudi Arabia’s king Salman appointed his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as crown Prince and first in line for the throne, thus changing the previous order of succession: the transfer of the throne from brother to brother.
Earlier, Prince Mohammed bin Salman has faced criticism for the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen, which he oversees as Minister of defence. Also, Prince is a key figure in the confrontation with Iran and isolate Qatar for its support of Islamist groups.