Shocking news broke in Saudi Arabia late Saturday night, and it’s sending shockwaves across both the West and the Arab world alike.

A massive anti-corruption sweep in the country, initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saw the arrests of dozens of high-profile princes and former government ministers in the country, one of whom is none other than controversial Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the richest men in the world, the Daily Mail reported.


A Saudi government official with close ties to security has said 11 princes and 38 former government ministers, deputies and businessmen are being held in five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh, in the anti-corruption sweep.

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Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal – who is one of the richest men in the world and owns London’s top hotel the Savoy – is one of the men who has been detained.

Reports suggest some of the detainees are being held at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.

A royal court official, Badr al-Asaker, on Sunday appeared to confirm the arrests on Twitter, describing a ‘historic and black night against the corrupt’.


Bin Talal is worth billions of dollars, with investments in numerous international businesses. He was arrested for money laundering and corruption charges.

Prince Alwaleed is one of the Middle East’s richest people, with investments in Twitter, Apple, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, Citigroup, the Four Seasons hotel chains and most recently in ride sharing service Lyft.

He’s also known for being among the most outspoken Saudi royals, long advocating for greater women’s rights.

Additionally, he’s part owner of the Four Seasons Resort that sits atop of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino – the same Mandalay Bay where it appears federal authorities are engaging in some sort of cover up after 58 innocent people were murdered from one of its rooms.

For those unaware, bin Talal was highly critical of President Trump throughout the election, at one point even telling him to “withdraw” because he’d “never win.”

Although his critique of Trump wasn’t really a surprise, since the same man is also a top donor to, you guessed it, the Clinton Foundation, the New York Times reported.

Saudi Arabia has been a particularly generous benefactor to the Clinton Foundation, giving at least $10 million since 2001, according to foundation disclosures. At least $1 million more was donated by Friends of Saudi Arabia, co-founded by a Saudi Prince.

According to al Arabiya, bin Talal was one of numerous Saudis arrested in the sweep, Zero Hedge reported.

According to al Arabiya, among those sacked and/or arrested are Moteib Bin Abdullah, Minister of the National Guard, and Prince Khalid bin Ayyaf has been appointed as his replacement. A second Royal Order was issued to relieve Minister of Economy and Planning, Adel al-Faqieh, from his duties, and the appointment of Mohammed Al Tuwaijri as Minister of Economy and Planning.

According to a Royal Decree issued by King Salman on Saturday the anti-corruption committee is chaired by the Crown Prince with the membership of: Chairman of the Monitoring and Investigation Commission, Chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Authority, Chief of the General Audit Bureau, Attorney General and Head of State Security.

As Saudi analysts were quick to point out, the purge by the Saudi King means that King Abdallah’s last remnants (Riyad firmer gov. & head of Nat. Guard); media moguls; SAGIA & financial policy officials have been purged.

It’s worth noting that Trump advisor Jared Kushner just returned home from an unannounced trip to the Saudi Kingdom. While details of the trip remain unknown, the timing of it in relation to the latest string of arrests shouldn’t be overlooked.

It was reported last year that the Podesta Group, led by Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton’s former campaign chair, has been on the Saudi payroll to the tune of $140,000 a month since 2015, when the Saudis contracted with the firm to boost their public image in the United States. On Monday, just hours after Paul Manafort turned himself into the federal authorities, Podesta resigned from his position with his company, citing the current investigation as his reason.

On Saturday, rumors were abound on the web that one of the remaining indictments from Robert Mueller is intended for Podesta, and that he turned himself in under the condition the indictment would remain sealed. The news came as reports surfaced stating Mueller’s investigation has widened into the Podesta’s for their involvement with illicit activities prior to the 2016 election.

It’s unclear whether or not all of this is related; however, it is quite coincidental that so many people from within the same circles are all being arrested at the same time.

Stay tuned, folks. It’s going to be interesting to watch this play out.

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