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Saudi king sacks defense officials including his son over suspicious financial dealings

Several  Saudi officials plus two members of the royal family, have been kicked out from office.

According to a royal decree, Saudi King Salman had relieved Prince Fahad bin Turki of his role as commander of joint forces in the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, his son, Abdulaziz bin Fahad, was also removed as a deputy governor.

The men, along with four other officials, face an investigation into “suspicious financial dealings” at the Ministry of Defence, the decree said.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the king’s son and is esteemed Saudi Arabia’s de-facto ruler, has spearheaded a serious campaign against alleged corruption in the government.

On the flip side, critics are also saying that  the high-profile arrests have been aimed at removing obstacles to the prince’s hold on power.

In the early part of  this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that three senior royals had been arrested, including the king’s younger brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz and former crown prince Mohammed bin Nayef.

The most high-profile occurrence, in 2017, saw dozens of Saudi royal figures, ministers and businessmen detained at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

Most of them were later released, but only after reaching settlements worth a total of $106.7bn (£75.6bn) with the Saudi state.

Source; BBC

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