Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Saudi officer held under 'anti-corruption crackdown' died of broken neck

Saudi officer held under 'anti-corruption crackdown' died of broken neck

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said 32-year-old bin Salman-the heir apparent to King Salman-will visit the White House on 20 March.

While London is preferred over NY, the requirement by both for greater disclosure of sensitive information on Aramco than the Hong Kong exchange is viewed as a drawback by some Saudi officials and advisers, the sources said. His 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 chances of Saudi Arabia choosing either London or NY as the destination for a massive stock market listing of oil giant Saudi Aramco, may be fading. "Without any kind of transparency or rule of law, it makes investors nervous that their investments might be taken and that their Saudi partners might be detained without any rationale to the charges".

Reports said the high-profile detainees, including bin Talal, were even subjected to torture in detention. Bankers and analysts said an Aramco float risked drowning out other shares listed on Tadawul, given daily turnover now is about US$1.6 billion.

Now, nearly two months after the purge officially came to an end, The New York Times has released a report, echoing claims made by the MEE in November. For comparison, on last year's list there were 10 Saudi Arabian billionaires.

Salman also personally invited Pope Tawadros to visit the Saudi Kingdom.

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Meanwhile, fresh revelations show that prisoners caught up in the campaign were mistreated.

The newspaper said at least 17 detainees were hospitalised after facing abuse, while a Saudi general later died in custody with what witnesses said appeared to be a broken neck.

"A doctor and two other people briefed on the condition of the body said that it had burn marks that appeared to be from electric shocks", the newspaper said.

Major General Ali al-Qahtani, a top aide to a son of the late King Abdullah, was among those held. The kingdom said it seized billions in various types of assets including real estate, commercial entities and cash.

Numerous 381 suspects, including princes, ministers and tycoons, remain under military surveillance and some have been forced to wear ankle bracelets that track their movements, the newspaper said.

"We signed away everything", said a relative of a former detainee, who has been forced to wear a tracking device. Even wives and children have been forbidden to travel.

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