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Saudi Crown Prince Will Visit Trump at the White House Next Week

Saudi Crown Prince Will Visit Trump at the White House Next Week

Now, nearly two months after the purge officially came to an end, The New York Times has released a report, echoing claims made by the MEE in November.

Saudi Arabia is understood to be close to entering a recession after the country spent a third of its reserves in the last three years following a drop in oil prices.

This favor for NY is not unanimous, however. Then some, if not all, of their assets were seized. That came mostly in the form of land, stakes in businesses, and other assets rather than cash.

The former detainees were quoted by the newspaper as saying that numerous released are being forced to wear tracking devices on their ankles. "We signed away everything", a relative of his said. "Even the house I am in, I am not sure if it is still mine".

It comes after Saudi Arabia arrested dozens of princes, business leaders and government officials in early November in a push led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who will soon travel to the United States seeking even deeper financial ties.

They have denied any allegations of abuse and have portrayed the Ritz episode as an orderly legal process that has wound down.

At least 17 detainees were subjected to physical abuse during the anti-corruption crackdown, spearheaded by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in order to extract their wealth for their freedom, the Times has found.

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While evidence of such abuse has been slow to emerge, Western governmental officials are said to be confident of the credibility of these reports.

The state has also reportedly taken "large sums" and real estate from Mohammed al-Tobaishi, former head of royal court protocol; Fawaz Alhokair, a businessman; Khalid al-Tuwaijery, former chief of the royal court; Adel Fakieh, former economic minister; and Dabbagh, a businessman who once oversaw the country's foreign investment authority.

A doctor and two other people briefed on the condition of the body said that it had burn marks that appeared to be from electric shocks, the report said.

Gen. Qahtani, an officer in the Saudi National Guard who was believed to be about 60, was not wealthy himself, so his value as a major anti-corruption target is questionable.

Qahtani seems to have been detained not for personal corruption, but because investigators wanted him to provide damaging information about Prince Turki bin Abdullah, a son of the previous king and possible rival to Prince Mohammed.

He was returned to the hotel for further interrogation, and later pronounced dead at a military hospital.

Based on the assumption that another US$100 billion would be added through an Aramco initial public offering, the kingdom's weighting would rise to about four per cent, which would be bigger than Russia's weighting of 3.4 per cent, for example.


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