Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been arrested as part of an anti-corruption sweep in the kingdom. The billionaire businessman was among at least 17 Saudi princes and top officials detained on Saturday.
Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General, Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb, said the committee had begun a number of investigations in a bid to combat corruption. “Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and everyone’s legal rights will be preserved,” he said in a statement.
King Salman ordered the anti-corruption as part of an “active reform agenda aimed at tackling a persistent problem that has hindered development efforts in the Kingdom in recent decades,” the Saudi Ministry of Communications said in a statement.