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Saudi Corruption Crackdown, Big Targets Are Going Free

13:05, Monday, 25 December, 2017
Saudi Corruption Crackdown, Big Targets Are Going Free

At least two dozen suspects have gone free in recent days in Saudi Arabia's corruption crackdown after reaching settlements to get out, according to "a senior adviser to the Saudi government," the WSJ reports. For those who want to clear their names, however, there will be court trials, according to the adviser.

Context: Some see the campaign as further evidence that Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who became head of the new anti-corruption committee and next in line to the throne this year, is fair. Some claim the campaign is part of his way of grabbing power, which the Saudi government has denied. The anticorruption campaign began in November, implicating more than 200 people, and many have been detained in Riyadh's Ritz-Carlton. The Kingdom estimates corruption has cost it $100 billion over decades.

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