Saudi King approves anti-corruption departments


More than 200 businessmen, princes and government officials were detained in November and imprisoned at the luxury hotel in Riyadh in what the Saudi government said was an anti-corruption drive.

The report further cited Saudi military's Assistant Training Director Brigadier General Mohammed bin Abdullah al-Buqmi as emphasizing "the readiness" of the Saudi forces taking part in the drills and equipment "to carry out the exercise activities as planned". Gen. Ali al-Qahtani, said that his neck was twisted unnaturally as though it had been broken, and that his body was badly bruised and distended.

Receiving a delegation from King Salman of Saudi Arabia at the Presidential Villa, the President said the administration was mindful of the three-pronged promises made to Nigerians before the 2015 elections, and assured that he remained undeterred and focused on securing the lives and properties of all Nigerians.

Sale of five per cent of the world's largest oil company is a major cornerstone of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman's overhaul of the Kingdom's economy. The kingdom said it seized billions in various types of assets including real estate, commercial entities and cash.

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Most detainees have since been released after reaching financial settlements with the government.

The crackdown, which came about via a royal decree, was in response to "exploitation by some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to illicitly accrue money".

The announcement comes as a New York Times report has suggested that numerous assets of the 381 princes, ministers and tycoons have yet to be seized while more than a dozen of the detainees were abused while they were held.

He later died in custody, his corpse bearing signs of torture, according to witnesses quoted by the newspaper.