Saudi frees 23 held for corruption

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Saudi frees 23 held for corruption

Riyadh - The suspects have been held at Riyadh's luxurious Ritz Carlton hotel since early November.

By Reuters

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Published: Mon 25 Dec 2017, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 1 Jan 2018, 8:07 AM

Saudi Arabia has released 23 of the 200-or-so powerful individuals detained since November on corruption charges after they reached deals with the government, Okaz newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The report did not name those involved in what appeared to be the first large-scale release since the royals, business people and government officials were detained in a crackdown spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The suspects have been held at Riyadh's luxurious Ritz Carlton hotel since early November.
Okaz said more detainees would be released in the coming days and trial proceedings would begin soon for those who continue to deny the charges against them. Video posted on social media showed a smiling Saoud Al Daweesh, the former CEO of Saudi Telecom, telling well-wishers he had been treated well.



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