Bin Talal not allowed leave Saudi Arabia after release

Bin Talal not allowed leave Saudi Arabia after release

Bin Talal not allowed leave Saudi Arabia after release

Various analyses of the crackdown viewed it as a necessary step for Saudi Arabia to streamline its famously inefficient government, a desperate clawback of resources appropriated by self-indulgent members of the huge royal family, a vital step in persuading global investors to put money into a dramatically reformed economy, a bid by the crown prince to weaken his rivals before he assumes the throne, or all of the above.

One individual, Maj. Gen. Ali al-Qahtani of the Saudi National Guard, reportedly died in custody with "a neck that appeared twisted, a badly swollen body and other signs of abuse".

Most have since been released but they are hardly free.

"I would guess it is about evens that there will be no worldwide IPO", said a high-level source familiar with the preparations, saying they were proving to be a disappointment.

Citing an associate of King Abdullah's family, the New York Times said part of the campaign "appears to be driven by a family feud, as Crown Prince Mohammed presses the children of King Abdullah, the monarch who died in 2015, to give back billions of dollars that they consider their inheritance".

Evidence of such abuse has been slow to emerge, but officials from two western governments said they deemed the reports credible.

A final decision will be made by Mohammed bin Salman, who oversees the kingdom's economic and oil policies. His skin showed other signs of physical abuse.

Abuse of power, nepotism and the use of middlemen, wasta, to do business are common, it says, suggesting that business practices in Saudi Arabia need to fundamentally change if corruption is to be eradicated, particularly given the overlap between business and politics.

President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed has sent a cable of condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, on the death of Prince Bandar bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. "All those under investigation had full access to legal counsel in addition to medical care to address pre-existing, chronic conditions".

Major General al-Qahtani was an aide to the son of the late Saudi King Abdullah.

He was returned to the hotel for further interrogation, and later pronounced dead at a military hospital.

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