In purge crackdown, Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests, freezes royals’ accounts

Saudi Arabian authorities have carried out further arrests and frozen more bank accounts under an expanding anti-corruption crackdown that was announced last Saturday against the Kingdom’s political and business elite, Reuters reported, quoting official sources. Since the campaign kickoff, dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the purge. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public office for personal gain. According to the sources, the anti-corruption authorities have also frozen the bank accounts of Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, one of the most senior members of the ruling Al Saud, and some of his immediate family members. Read More: Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn Nayef, known as MbN, was ousted as […]

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Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn

Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption crackdown may see the government seize up to $800 billion in cash and assets according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The US business newspaper quoted unnamed sources in claiming that the government was planning to seize up to $800 billion on the basis that they were amassed through corruption. Since the launch of the crackdown Saudi Arabian banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the Kingdom. The most prominent of those held against their will in the Ritz Calton Hotel in Riyadh include the Kingdom’s best-known international investor, Al-Waleed Bin Talal who is thought to be worth $16.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin […]

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Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn

Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption crackdown may see the government seize up to $800 billion in cash and assets according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The US business newspaper quoted unnamed sources in claiming that the government was planning to seize up to $800 billion on the basis that they were amassed through corruption. Since the launch of the crackdown Saudi Arabian banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the Kingdom. The most prominent of those held against their will in the Ritz Calton Hotel in Riyadh include the Kingdom’s best-known international investor, Al-Waleed Bin Talal who is thought to be worth $16.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin […]

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Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn

Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption crackdown may see the government seize up to $800 billion in cash and assets according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The US business newspaper quoted unnamed sources in claiming that the government was planning to seize up to $800 billion on the basis that they were amassed through corruption. Since the launch of the crackdown Saudi Arabian banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the Kingdom. The most prominent of those held against their will in the Ritz Calton Hotel in Riyadh include the Kingdom’s best-known international investor, Al-Waleed Bin Talal who is thought to be worth $16.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin […]

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Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn

Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption crackdown may see the government seize up to $800 billion in cash and assets according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal. The US business newspaper quoted unnamed sources in claiming that the government was planning to seize up to $800 billion on the basis that they were amassed through corruption. Since the launch of the crackdown Saudi Arabian banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the Kingdom. The most prominent of those held against their will in the Ritz Calton Hotel in Riyadh include the Kingdom’s best-known international investor, Al-Waleed Bin Talal who is thought to be worth $16.7 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin […]

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Billionaire pro-Israelis offered to fund legal case against Al Jazeera

Billionaire founders of a “charity” that provides funds to Israeli soldiers and bankrolls Canada’s pro-Israel lobby groups privately offered financial support to a former Al Jazeera journalist suing the media network for over $100 million, MEMO can reveal. Egyptian born, Mohamed Fahmy, launched a legal case against his former employers following his release from Cairo prison in 2015 alleging that the Qatari broadcaster knowingly endangered his life. Fahmy’s battle with Al Jazeera was later discovered to be part of a wider campaign led by the UAE to undermine Qatari. While leaked emails exposed that Fahmy’s fight with Al Jazeera was funded by UAE’s Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al-Otaiba, MEMO can reveal that funds were also made available to Fahmy […]

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Iraq’s marriage and family rights are under threat

For the third time since the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the National Personal Status Law number 188 of 1959, which is still on the statute book, is at risk of being amended despite the fact that it is one of the best pieces of Arab legislation. The first time that this was planned was in December 2003, when Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim, leader of the Shia Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, served as the President of the Governing Council for a month while under US occupation. One of his “achievements” was issuing Resolution 137 to abolish the National Personal Status Law and refer all women’s and family affairs, in every aspect, from the civil courts to Islamic jurists, each according […]

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UN labour body drops case against Qatar after reform promise

The International Organisation for Labour (ILO) today dropped a case against Qatar over its treatment of foreign workers that had overshadowed the wealthy Gulf state’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup. The move by the United Nations agency came after Qatar committed to far-reaching reforms, including allowing workers freedom to leave the country and change jobs without their employer’s permission and establishing a minimum wage without discrimination and a fund to guarantee late wages. Human rights groups, long critical of Qatar’s treatment of its mostly Asian foreign workers, welcomed the agreement but said Doha must now follow up its pledges with firm action. Around two million workers in all kinds of sectors will now enjoy better protection, including a […]

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30 killed in Saudi offensive against Yemen’s Houthis

Saudi Arabia targeted the Houthi territory in north Yemen today, killing civilians including women and children, reported Al Jazeera. The air strikes targeted a village in Hiran, located in the Hajjah region in the north of the country. Thirty people died in the strikes, Hussain Al-Bukhaithi, a Yemeni-based journalist told Al Jazeera. Air strikes began at midnight and continued for five hours, according to locals on the ground. The first strike targeted Sheikh Hamdi’s family home, a Houthi loyalist, killing him and his family. The strikes prevented rescue workers and the relatives of those injured or killed from accessing the site to rescue those affected, Al-Bukhaithi said. Read: Houthis threaten to target ports, cities of Saudi coalition members Ten paramedics […]

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Sudan, Egypt review visa, residency agreement

The joint Sudanese-Egyptian Consular Committee yesterday reviewed the implementation of previous decisions and recommendations concerning immigration issues such as residency permits, visas and following-up on issues concerning citizens of both countries. The Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement that it had hosted at its headquarters in Khartoum the third session of the Sudanese-Egyptian Consular Committee on 5-7 November. “The committee has also discussed a number of consular issues which aim to remove the obstacles facing the citizens of both countries,” the statement added. According to the statement, the committee meeting was co-chaired by the Sudanese Undersecretary of the Foreign Minister, Ambassador Abdul-Ghani Al-Naeim, and Egypt’s Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs, Ambassador Khaled Yusri Rizg. The officials are due […]

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