Shock Purge: Saudi King Arrests Prince, Others

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According to a report via  Saudi press Al Mayadeen late on Saturday, a shocking development occurred in the Saudi Kingdom, as a member of the royal family, Al-Waleed bin Talal respectively, who is a well known billionaire and a major shareholder of News Corp., Citi and Twitter (also a frequent guest on CNBC) has been arrested together with 10 senior princes and no less than thirty eight (38!) ministers for money laundering and corruption charges.

The orders for the “House of Saudi cleanup” came directly from Saudi Arabia’s brand new anti-corruption committee, whose leader is no other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Also, all Royal princes’ private planes were grounded. Among the long list of Saudi high-ranking officials arrested in this unexpected purge we must mention Miteb Bin Abdullah, the chief of National Royal Guards, Adel Fakeih, the Minister of Economy and Planning together with the Commander of the Saudi Naval Forces Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan.

Al-Waleed bin Talal is well known for his regular CNBC appearances and also for his disdain and frequent clashes (via Twitter) with Donald Trump.  By the way, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal owns the Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay and Trump called him out as buying US politicians during the campaign…wow.

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al Arabiya reports that among those arrested/sacked are the Minister of the National Guard Moteib Bin Abdullah. The new boss is Prince Khalid bin Ayyaf, who was appointed as Moteib’s replacement. The list is very long, hence if you’re interested in all the fine details, read the piece in Al Arabiya listed above. As per the question why is this happening, well, the answer is, like always, the fight for power: getting rid of the former boss’ left-behinds is essential, a thing that Donald Trump doesn’t seem to comprehend just yet:


After King Salman abdicated in favor of Crown Prince Mohammed, a number of moves were made to stamp out dissent in Saudi Arabia. The latest purge further confirms King Salman’s decisive move to consolidate his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s power.