கைது செய்யப்பட்ட சவூதி இளவரசர்கள், அமைச்சர்களிடம் இருந்து 800 கோடி டொலர்களைக் பறிமுதல் செய்ய தயாராகும் 32 வயது முஹம்மது சல்மான்

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The Saudi anti-corruption push involving the arrest of princes and government ministers may lead to the confiscation of cash and other assets worth of at least $800 billion, according to people close to the issue, writes the Wall Street Journal.

“They reckon they could get around two to three trillion riyals from these people. That’s the number they are talking about,”a person close to the government told the paper.

On Saturday, Saudi state media reported the arrest of at least 11 Saudi princes and four incumbent ministers, with the minister of the National Guard, and the economy minister among those detained. The arrests are reportedly the part of a broader plan to fight corruption in the kingdom.

 

Some leading businessmen have been arrested since the crackdown started, with more than 60 princes, officials and other big-name Saudis in custody, according to the sources cited by the WSJ.

 

 

 

The kingdom’s central bank has reportedly frozen the accounts of “persons of interest” and said the step was “in response to the Attorney General’s request pending the legal cases against them.”

 

 

 

According to the media, most of the frozen assets are abroad, which will make the process of reclaiming and confiscating longer and more complicated. All the funds accumulated through corruption are to become state property.

 

 

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The anti-corruption crackdown is led by a newly established committee chaired by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The agency was created by royal decree of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and published by Saudi Arabia’s official news agency on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

The committee is exempt from “laws, regulations, instructions, orders, and decision” while performing its wide range of duties, namely “identifying offenses, crimes, persons and entities” complicit in corruption, and gives it the power to impose punitive measures on those caught red-handed. Those include asset freezes, travel bans and arrests.

 

 

Mohammad bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Defense Minister of Saudi Arabia
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud - 2017.jpg

Mohammad bin Salman in 2017
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
First Deputy Prime Minister
In office 21 June 2017–present
Predecessor Muhammad bin Nayef
Monarch Salman
Deputy Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Second Deputy Prime Minister
In office 29 April 2015 – 21 June 2017
Predecessor Muhammad bin Nayef
Successor None
Regent Salman
Minister of Defense
Reign 23 January 2015–present
Predecessor Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Regent Salman
Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Committee
Reign 2017–present
Predecessor post established
Regent Salman
Born 31 August 1985 (age 32)
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Spouse Sara bint Mashoor bin Abdulaziz Al Saud[1]
Issue 3
Full name
Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
House House of Saud
Father Salman
Mother Fahda bint Falah bin Sultan bin Hathleen al-Ajmi
Religion Sunni Islam
Personal details
Education Bachelor’s degree in law
King Saud University

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