Princes, ministers detained in corruption probe


Riyadh -- At least 11 princes, four sitting ministers and ‘tens’ of former ministers have been arrested on orders of the new anti-corruption supreme committee headed by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman on Saturday evening, according to sources.

The committee announced that it is reopening the file of the 2009 Jeddah floods and investigating the coronavirus issue also known as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

According to a Royal Decree issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Saturday, the anti-corruption supreme committee is chaired by the Crown Prince with the membership of Chairman of the Monitoring and Investigation Commission, Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Authority, Chief of the General Audit Bureau, Attorney General and Head of State Security.

The committee has the right to investigate, arrest, ban from travel, freeze accounts and portfolios, track funds and assets of individuals and entities involved in corruption practices. -- Al Arabiya English