US newspaper: The release of 20 Saudi officials after paying part of their money to the Authority[/rtl]
[rtl]Date of release: 2017/12/25 9:00 • 178 times scheduled[/rtl]
(Al-Furat News) The US Wall Street Journal reported the release of at least 20 high-ranking Saudi officials arrested for corruption since early November.
The paper quoted in a report published on Sunday , informed sources as saying, that among those released last week , former finance minister and member of the Board of Directors of the Company "Aramco" National Oil, Ibrahim al- Assaf, who is accused of embezzling funds during the expansion of the Grand Mosque and the abuse of power. "
Between other officials who have been released, according to sources of the newspaper, Assistant Minister of Finance Mohammed bin Hamoud more, and former CEO of Saudi telecom company Saud Duweish, and businessman Saleh Kamel, in addition to Prince Turki bin Khalid.
The paper quoted a senior adviser to the Saudi government larg Keda, that the number of released in the last week may exceed twenty people, and continued: "We will see the release of more soon, and trials of those who are keen to clear their names, and the government wants it sooner rather than later."
The newspaper said it is not clear how many officials are still being held inside the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, although Western media reported earlier this month the release of a number of these in exchange for handing over part of their assets to the government, including Prince tired Ben Abdullah.
The Wall Street Journal confirmed yesterday that the Saudi authorities had negotiated one of the most prominent arrested officials, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, to pay $ 6 billion for his release.
It should be noted that the campaign of arrests carried out by the Saudi authorities in early November under the supervision of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman lasted about 200 high-ranking officials, including members of the royal family. Many tried by Prince Mohammed to strengthen his authority in the kingdom