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| 20 October, 2017

Top businessman in Saudi netted in crackdown on graft

FILE IMAGE: Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017.

FILE IMAGE: Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman waves as he meets with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 11, 2017.

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A Saudi news report said that under the orders of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, a well-known businessman was arrested for evading justice and the judicial sentences passed against him.

DAMMAM - A Saudi news report said that under the orders of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, a well-known businessman was arrested for evading justice and the judicial sentences passed against him. The judge had ordered his arrest and imprisonment against claims of a huge amount of debt.

Sabq website stated that a senior official in the Eastern Province was also arrested on charges of communicating with the accused and contributing to delaying the execution of the accused’s sentences against the accused.

The site added that specialists were assigned to evaluate his property in preparation for an auction to sell and pay off debts, the most famous of his assets is a hospital.

Although there are no further details about the huge amount of money that needs to be paid, twitter users contemplated the value of his companies, the delayed payment of workers’ salaries and financial assets, which could amount to about $3 billion (SR11 billion), although this is not officially confirmed.

The website quoted a source as confirming that the authorities received orders to implement justice and judicial rulings and hold accountable anyone who obstructs the course of the judiciary. - Al-Arabiya English

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