Power Game in Saudi Arabia
Definitely, everyone has heard of the latest wave of crackdown on corrupt princes, officials and military officers of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a hot and trending topic nowadays. This all started when present Saudi King Salman handed over the crown to his son Mohammad bin Salman and made him head of the anti-corruption board. It is a power game being played by the present and future king of KSA to make their foot strong. The accused princes and other officials are held in five star Ritz Carlton Hotel under tight security. Here is a list of arrested princes
Al-Waleed Bin Talal
Where were the government when Talal had been accused of raping a 20-year-old female model and at the time he was investing in billion dollar companies?
Prince Al-Waleed, the grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia and prominent member of Royal Family of Saudi Arab, is one of the richest princes in KSA and worlds highest profile investor with investment spanning the earth has been arrested among other princes by the Saudi government. He has significant investments in Citigroup and Twitter. He is also one of the investors in Apple and EBay. He has a net worth of $18 billion according to Bloomberg index. He is cousin of crown prince of KSA and have very good relationship with other powerful leaders of the world including the US president Donald Trump
Mutaib bin Abdullah
Born in 1953 as the third son of King Abdullah (late). He was a minister of National Guard in Saudi Arabia. He is accused of awarding billion dollars walkie-talkie and bulletproof military gears contracts to his own companies but came under the radar of the anti-corruption board formed by the Saudi Government. He could have been a hurdle between crown prince and throne.
Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud
He is the seventh son of former King Abdullah (late) and was a military officer and a jet pilot at Royal Saudi Air Force. He has also served as the Deputy Governor of Riyadh Province and later became the Governor of Riyadh. He was also known for gifting $700 million to a Malaysian Prime Minister. A Street in Riyadh as also named after him. He has also been arrested by an anti-corruption board on the corruption charges. He is accused of corruption in Riyadh Metro and influencing to get contracts for his company.
Fahd bin Abdullah Al Saud
He is a son of King Saud’s daughter Nora bint Saud who was the elder sister of King Abdul Aziz(late). This makes him a nephew of King Abdul Aziz and one of the strongest person in the kingdom. He could be one of the opposition in way of the crown prince. Prince Fahd was a military officer and also owned some businesses while serving. He became a commander of Royal Saudi Navy in 2002. He is also arrested on corruption charges.
Khalid was a non-prince chief of Royal Court of Saudi Arabia until 2015 when he was removed by King Salman.
At the time of King Abdullah’s death, he was very unpopular between the princes and was called as the head of corruption by the princes. According to sources, he had arranged the campaign against the crown prince Salman of that time who is now king. It is evident that there was a rift between these two for a long time and Khalid is one of the senior officials arrested by the anti-corruption board headed by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman son of King Salman.
Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih
Adel Fakeih was born in 1959 in the holy city of Mecca. Mecca, a place where the final Prophet (P.B.U.H) of Islam is buried. Adel Fakeih has a degree of Bachelor of Industrial Engineering. He served as a mayor of Jeddah, minister of health and later minister of labor. He was serving as minister of Economy and planning at the time of arrest on 4th November 2017.
Everyone has its own way of viewing the things but a general perception has been made that all the crackdown is just a power game being played by the Crown prince Mohammad bin Salman to neutralize the central powers on earth and to consolidate the power.