サウジ国王の異母兄弟86歳が息子の拘留に抗議してハンガーストライキ: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年01月02日

サウジ国王の異母兄弟86歳が息子の拘留に抗議してハンガーストライキ

FARSNEWS2018/1/2
Senior Saudi Royal on Hunger Strike over Detention of His Sons
TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has reportedly gone on a hunger strike in protest at the detention of three of his own sons as part of the kingdom’s purported anti-graft campaign, which is considered the biggest purge of the elite in the country’s modern history, according to a report.

Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz, the father of Al-Waleed bin Talal, has gone on a hunger strike in protest at the purge being carried out by his nephew Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Mbs) and the detention of three of his own sons, Middle East Eye reported.

The 86-year-old prince, who is the half brother of King Salman, stopped eating on 10 November, shortly after his first son, Al-Waleed, was arrested on 4 November, and has lost 10 kilos in one month.

According to several people who have visited the frail prince, his condition at the King Faisal Hospital in the capital, Riyadh, remains weak.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the visitors to Talal announced that the frail prince had made no public statement about his refusal to eat.

The unnamed visitor also said that the prince had not raised the issue of the arrest of his three sons with the king during their November meeting, adding that while some branches of the royal family were known to be corrupt, they were left untouched, while arrests were mostly directed at the bin Abdullahs and the bin Talals.

A month before his hunger strike, prince Talal reportedly told friends it was right to protest civilly to draw attention to the tyranny which Crown Prince is establishing under the cover of an anti-corruption purge.

Three of Talal’s sons, including al-Waleed, have been in prison since the first day of the purge carried out on the orders of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Anti-Corruption Committee headed by MbS.

Two sons of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah have been released late December 2017 from detention at Ritz-Carlton hotel, days after Riyadh released over 20 detainees during a recent alleged anti-corruption drive against businessmen and royals after they reached deals with the government, while trial proceedings would begin soon for those who continue to deny the charges against them, according to a report.

Saudi Arabia’s attorney general approved the release of Prince Meshaal bin Abdullah and Prince Faisal bin Abdullah after they reached financial settlements with the government, according to a report.

Riyadh has released 23 of the 200-or-so powerful individuals detained since early November on corruption charges, while more detainees would be released in the coming days, Saudi daily Okaz wrote late December 2017.

Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption committee overseeing the arrests of top princes and officials also reported that evidence of widespread corruption has been uncovered among "influential officials and senior executives" and the trials will soon be held.

The report did not name those involved in what appeared to be the first large-scale release since the royals, business people and government officials were detained in a crackdown spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, while, according to some reports, it is punishing select figures in the country, some of whom were potential rivals or possible critics of MbS.

Okaz has also reported on that Riyadh has freed a former minister and a former head of a major company after they struck monetary settlements in exchange for their freedom. It also freed the former Finance Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz al-Assaf and former chief executive of Saudi Telecom Saud al-Daweesh.

"The deals struck between Daweesh, Assaf and the royal court include handing over assets held abroad, properties in the United Arab Emirates, private jets, yachts and jewellery," a source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.

It came after Riyadh demanded at least $6 billion from Prince al-Waleed bin Talal to free him from detention at the Ritz, according to a report.

His fortune is estimated by Forbes to stand at USD 18.7 billion, which would make him the Middle East’s richest person. His Kingdom Holding, a Riyadh-based investment holding company, owns stakes in hotels like The Four Seasons, Fairmont and Raffles, as well as companies such as News Corp., Disney, 21st Century Fox, Citigroup, GM, Twitter, and Apple.

The money reportedly requested from Waleed bin Talal would bite deeply into his global business empire. The prince is trying to persuade the government to instead accept a large share in his company while still leaving him in charge.

Dozens of princes, ministers, and former ministers were detained at Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton hotel since November 2017 on the orders of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Anti-Corruption Committee, which is headed by Crown Prince. The detained individuals are facing corruption allegations but are widely believed to have been victims of a political purge.

The crackdown in Saudi Arabia is widely believed to be aimed at consolidating the crown prince’s grip on power, but it is also speculated that the kingdom is seeking to rejuvenate its economy − hit hard by the fall in oil prices and a costly and protracted war on Yemen − by extorting money from the detainees.

Mohammed bin Salman who has attempted to portray the whole process as an “anti-corruption fight,” has meanwhile been splurging money abroad himself.

In December 2017, it was reported that bin Salman had used a “proxy” to buy Leonardo da Vinci’s painting the Salvator Mundi, which sold for a record $450 million at auction, and a yacht for $500 million. Also, an investigation named Salman as the owner of the Chateau Louis XIV, a mansion outside Paris, which had been sold to him for more than USD 300 million back in 2015.
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