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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    Don't let his costume fool you: his actions are a sea change from those of previous royals in power
    Seems not all that different from most other KSA successions to me, only more so. These almost always involve arrests, murder, or bribery. FWIW I think he will liberalise somewhat as this will help concentrate power in his hands.

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    Right let's play catch up.

    ISTANBUL — Saudi Arabia said Thursday that it had detained more than 200 people as part of an expanding “anti-corruption” campaign that has led to the arrests at least 11 princes and some of the country’s wealthiest and most prominent business tycoons.
    The arrests began last week, and Saudi Arabia’s attorney general, Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, said in a statement on Thursday that the investigation was proceeding “quickly.” The probe has found that at least $100 billion had been “misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades,” the statement said, without providing details.
    Saudi Arabia’s sudden and sweeping drive to punish graft, a deeply rooted problem in the country, appears to be closely linked to an effort by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to eliminate challengers and consolidate power before his father, King Salman, dies or abdicates, analysts say.
    The arrests over the past few days include potential rivals, such as Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was head of the Saudi National Guard and a favored son of the late King Abdullah. Also detained was Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire investor who holds large stakes in companies such as Twitter and Apple.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world...c65_story.html


    LONDON (Alliance News) - Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who was arrested in last week's corruption crackdown in Saudia Arabia, has sold of his USD1.5 billion stake in Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, ABC reported.
    PRESS: Arrested Saudi Prince Sells USD1.5 Billion Stake In Fox - ABC (ALLISS) - Finance News - London South East


    Saudi authorities have arrested the daughter of detained billionaire, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, as part of the oil-rich kingdom’s purported anti-graft campaign, which is considered the biggest purge of the elite in the country’s modern history. Informed sources, requesting anonymity, told Arabic-language Arabi 21 online newspaper that Saudi authorities had detained Princess Reem on Thursday.Her arrest marks the first of its kind among the female members of the Saudi royal family.
    PressTV-Saudi Arabia detains 1st princess as purge widens

    TEL AVIV — Saudi officials who were recently arrested in a corruption crackdown are expected to receive prison sentences of 3-10 years, Saudi news outlet Al Watan has reported.

    According to the report, clause 5 of the Saudi law of sentencing, which relates to the case of government officials violating their oaths of allegiance, stipulates prison sentences of up to 10 years.
    The officials were charged with the Saudi version of perjury, which is defined as “voicing injustice before Allah and before the king,” in addition to violating their duty to protect the nation’s institutions and interests, as well as their oaths of allegiance.
    Saudi Media: Arrested Princes May Face Up to 10 Years in Prison

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    This rumour was always coming....


    Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's purge push in Saudi Arabia took another curious turn after new reports coming out of the region suggested that the helicopter crash that killed Prince bin Muqrin was not a crash, but an assassination attempt, a successful one.
    A Saudi warplane shot down the helicopter that Prince Mansour bin Muqrin and his seven other senior aides took that day, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
    Saudi Purge: Reports claim Prince Muqrin helicopter did not crash, was shot down : World, News - India Today

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    Maybe a mysterious spate of suicides to follow.

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    I know Ritz Carlton's aren't cheap and all, but this is a bit fierce....



    Saudi Arabian prince and billionaire Al-Waleed bin Talal has reportedly put two luxury hotels in Lebanon up for sale after being detained in his country amid a corruption sweep.
    Al-Waleed - one of the richest men in the world - was among dozens of princes and former ministers to be arrested in Saudi Arabia hours after an anti-corruption commission was created last week.
    Now it is being reported that he is trying to sell the Four Seasons and Movenpick hotels in Beirut.
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    Daily Star newspaper wrote that a bank in the country was performing due diligence on the assets in a bid to find buyers.
    A source told the paper: 'The bank is supposed to complete due diligence in one month or less. Once due diligence is completed, the results will be announced to the public'.
    Last week it was also revealed that Al-Waleed had sold his five per cent stake in the Rupert Murdoch-dominated media company 21st Century Fox.
    Saudi Arabia's Prince Al-Waleed 'puts two hotels on sale' | Daily Mail Online

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    So he can pay back the money he may have "borrowed" from the state?

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    on my morning commute, listened to a podcast of bbc's hardtalk (one of my favorite podcasts) this morning talking to a saudi journalist in exile in america

    and stephen sackur makes some good points about this being a peaceful revolution that could bring saudi arabia into the 21 century (my words) in terms of moderate islam and human rights.

    BBC World News - HARDtalk, Jamal Khashoggi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farangrakthai View Post
    on my morning commute, listened to a podcast of bbc's hardtalk (one of my favorite podcasts) this morning talking to a saudi journalist in exile in america

    and stephen sackur makes some good points about this being a peaceful revolution that could bring saudi arabia into the 21 century (my words) in terms of moderate islam and human rights.

    BBC World News - HARDtalk, Jamal Khashoggi
    Alternatively it could just be MbS's way to get himself the top job and annihalate the opposition, while enhancing the people's support.

    I'd imagine he'll still be locking up and executing anyone who is a threat to the Al Saud gravy train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    I'd imagine he'll still be locking up and executing anyone who is a threat to his faction of the Al Saud gravy train.
    ...ftfy...

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