The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has consolidated his grip on power after arresting the influential Saudi Princes in a so-called anti-corruption purge.
The heir to the Monarch Bin Salman launched a massive crackdown on the Saudi business leadership including 11 powerful princes.
The newly set anticorruption commission headed by Mohammed bin Salman has tremendous power to detain anybody, freeze bank accounts and authority to impose a travel ban.
The Saudi heir Bin Salman, in an apparent attempt to get rid of rest of the impediments to kingship, arrested the powerful princes and the business leaders.
The Middle East experts believe that this unprecedented purge will give a terrifying message to the rest of the royal members and business leaders that reluctance to obey bin Salman could result them in serving prisons.
The Crown Prince has detained 11 princes and four current ministers in the latest move he designed as an anti-corruption purge. Among the arrested Princes, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a multi-billionaire Saudi Prince who has an investment in Apple and Twitter.
The Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb has told AFP news agency that despite the high status of the detainees, “the firm and fair application of justice” will be applied.
The Saudi news agency SPA reported the King justified the purge against the Saudi Princes because the steps were against “some of the weak souls who have put their own interests above the public interest, in order to, illicitly, accrue money and as we have taken care.”
The Saudi king said the monarch has decided “to form a supreme committee chaired by the Crown Prince” to investigate the gravity of irregularities perpetrated by the accused Princes and former high officials.