Princes, ministers arrested in Saudi Arabia anti-corruption hunt

A committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the arrest of 11 princes, four ministers and dozens of former ministers. The charges against them were not disclosed.
King Salman Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

In a move to tackle corruption, Saudi Arabia has arrested 11 princes, four incumbent ministers and dozens of former ministers. The names of those arrested, and the charges against them, have not been disclosed.

The arrests were made shortly after the formation of a royal committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A Saudi news agency reported that the committee has the authority to issue arrest warrants as well as ban officials from leaving the country.

The crown prince recently vowed to take the country back to "moderate Islam" and "destroy the remains of extremism." Since his appointment, several bans on women have been lifted.



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