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Saudi Arabia confirms arrest of royals over protest

07 January 2018, 03:26 | Darnell Patrick

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The Saudi anti-corruption committee, formed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, took further measures against the detained princes and ministers, including travel-bans and bank accounts freezes.

All 11 princes, who were not identified in the media reports, were arrested after they refused to leave the premises and were brought to the al-Hair maximum-security prison awaiting trial because, the sources told the website, everyone is equal before the law.

Saudi Arabia announced on Friday the transformation of Saudi Aramco into a joint stock company, in the preparation process for a planned 2018 initial public offering, which is expected to be the largest ever.

Providing relief to Saudi Arabians, student's stipends will be increased by 10 percent, an official statement said.

The suggested claim is included in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a controversial new book by Michael Wolff which reveals, among others, the United States president's close connections to Saudi Arabia, according to the Qatari media network Al Jazeera.

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In November, Saudi authorities arrested dozens of royal family members, current and former senior officials in a massive anti-corruption sweep in the oil-rich kingdom.

More than 200 people were questioned at one point, officials said then. An undisclosed financial settlement was agreed upon.

The crown prince has already introduced sweeping changes including subsidy cuts, new taxes and the lifting of a controversial ban on women driving.

King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia, on Saturday ordered a monthly payment of SAR1,000 as a "cost of living" allowance for a year for citizens of civil and military employees. "They were also seeking compensation to be paid to them for a death sentence that was issued against one of their cousins who had been convicted of killing another man and executed in 2016", according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).



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