Saudi de­tainees will get due process: En­voy to UN

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UNITEDNATIONS: Saudi royal fam­ily mem­bers, of­fi­cials and busi­ness­men ar­rested in an anti-cor­rup­tion crack­down this month will be granted due process, Saudi Ara­bia’s UN am­bas­sador Ab­dal­lah Al-moual­limi said on Mon­day.

Au­thor­i­ties de­tained dozens of top Saudis in­clud­ing bil­lion­aire Prince Al­waleed bin Talal in a move widely seen as an at­tempt by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sal­man to neuter any op­po­si­tion to his light­ning as­cent to power.

Those held face ac­cu­sa­tions of money laun­der­ing, ex­tor­tion, bribery and ex­ploit­ing pub­lic of­fice for per­sonal gain. A Saudi anti-cor­rup­tion com­mit­tee has been given the power to seize com­pa­nies, funds and other as­sets ahead of crim­i­nal probes.

“I can as­sure you there will be due process for any­body who is de­tained,” Al-moual­limi said.

When asked how many peo­ple had been de­tained, he said: “I do not have a fig­ure to share with you. This is some­thing that the se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties will an­nounce in due course.”

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has en­dorsed the crack­down, say­ing some of those ar­rested have been “milk­ing” Saudi Ara­bia for years, though the State Depart­ment has urged Riyadh to carry out pros­e­cu­tions in a “fair and trans­par­ent” man­ner.

AP

Saudi en­voy to the UN Ab­dal­lah Al­moual­limi at a press con­fer­ence at the United Na­tions head­quar­ters.

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