$107bn seized in Saudi cor­rup­tion purge; all but 56 re­leased

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JED­DAH: Fifty-six cor­rup­tion sus­pects re­main in cus­tody out of the 381 high­pro­file fig­ures de­tained on graft al­le­ga­tions, said Sheikh Saud Al-Mo­jeb, Saudi Ara­bian at­tor­ney gen­eral, on Tues­day.

Al-Mo­jeb said he de­cided to re­lease all those proven not guilty, as well as oth­ers who had agreed to fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments with the gov­ern­ment af­ter ad­mit­ting to cor­rup­tion charges.

Al-Mo­jeb said the to­tal set­tle­ments with the sus­pects had topped $107 bil­lion, which came in var­i­ous forms of as­sets.

News broke ear­lier on Tues­day that Saudi au­thor­i­ties had re­leased all re­main­ing de­tainees from Riyadh’s RitzCarl­ton Ho­tel, which had been used as an in­ter­ro­ga­tion cen­ter in a crack­down on cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Saudi of­fi­cial.

“There are no longer any de­tainees left at the Ritz-Carl­ton,” the of­fi­cial told Reuters, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity un­der brief­ing rules.

He did not say how many sus­pects re­mained in de­ten­tion at other lo­ca­tions in Saudi Ara­bia. Some are be­lieved to have been moved from the Ritz to pri­son af­ter re­fus­ing to ad­mit wrong­do­ing and reach fi­nan­cial set­tle­ments with the au­thor­i­ties.

He said those who re­mained in cus­tody were still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion as the le­gal pro­ce­dures con­tin­ued.

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