De­tainees ‘will get due process’

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NEW YORK: Saudi royal fam­ily mem­bers, of­fi­cials and busi­ness­men ar­rested in an anti-cor­rup­tion crack­down this month would be granted due process, Saudi Ara­bia’s UN Am­bas­sador Ab­dal­lah Al-Moual­limi said yes­ter­day.

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

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has en­dorsed the crack­down, though the State Depart­ment has urged Riyadh to carry out pros­e­cu­tions in a “fair and trans­par­ent” man­ner.

Hu­man Rights Watch has also called on Saudi au­thor­i­ties to “im­me­di­ately re­veal the le­gal and ev­i­den­tiary ba­sis for each per­son’s de­ten­tion and make cer­tain that each per­son de­tained can ex­er­cise their due process rights”. – Reuters

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