Saudi justifies arrest of dozens as start of anti-corruption drive

The Saudi Arabia government has said the arrest of dozens of Saudi royal figures, Ministers and businessmen is just the start of an anti-corruption drive by the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

The Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mojeb, who disclosed this in a statement, described the detentions as “merely the start of a vital process to root out corruption wherever it exists”.

An anti-corruption body led by the Crown Prince ordered the detentions of 11 Princes, four Ministers and dozens of ex-Ministers.

Internationally known billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal was reported to be among those held.

US President Donald Trump backed the move by the Saudi authorities, saying he has great confidence in King Salman and the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia on what they are doing.

“Some of those they are harshly treating have been ‘milking’ their country for years!” Trump added.

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