Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Bin Talal not allowed leave Saudi Arabia after release

Bin Talal not allowed leave Saudi Arabia after release

The newspaper said the delay comes as the company struggles to arrive at a US$2 trillion (RM8 trillion) valuation sought by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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.

Saudi officials did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment, but the New York Times quoted the government rejecting the abuse claims as "completely untrue".

Financial advisers and associates of the detainees have told the New York Times that numerous assets of those detained have yet to be seized and most of those already seized are domestic real estate and shares of companies that could take years to liquidate.

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 worldwide 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.

The Prime Minister conveyed warm wishes, on his own behalf and on behalf of the people of Pakistan, for Khadim Al-Haramain Al-Sharifain His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince His Royal Highness Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Saudi government and the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia. Gen. Ali al-Qahtani, an officer in the Saudi National Guard, was found to have his neck twisted unnaturally and his body bruised and badly swollen.

The newspaper interviewed relatives, advisers, associates of the detainees, as well as Saudi officials, who denied the allegations. His skin showed burn marks that appeared to be from electric shocks, the Times said.

General Qahtani was a top aide to Prince Turki bin Abdullah, a son of the late King Abdullah and a former governor of Riyadh.

US President ready to have chats with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during this month in Washington.

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

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