Saudi Authorities Order Detained Princes To Pay Billions To Secure Their Release

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Saudi authorities are demanding princes detained in a luxury hotel following a supposed anti-corruption purge pay billions of dollars to secure their release.

The deals involve separating cash from assets like property and shares, and looking at bank accounts to assess cash values.

It comes after reports King Salman plans to step down and announce his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman as successor in a move seen as the culmination of a power grab by the 32-year-old.

Dozens of princes, senior officials and businessmen, including cabinet ministers and billionaires, have been detained in the graft inquiry at least partly aimed at strengthening the power of the prince, known as MBS.

These include billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the kingdom’s most prominent businessmen.

One businessman had tens of millions of Saudi riyals withdrawn from his account after he signed.

In another case, a former senior official consented to hand over ownership of four billion riyals worth of shares, a source told Reuters news agency.

The Saudi government earlier this week moved from freezing accounts to issuing instructions for ‘expropriation of unencumbered assets’ or seizure of assets, said a second source.  DailyMail

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