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Saudi establishes units specialising in anti-corruption

Saudi establishes units specialising in anti-corruption

Numerous detainees surrendered huge sums of money in order to leave the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, where the arrested were held.

In November, President Trump publicly courted Saudi officials to list Aramco on the New York Stock Exchange on Twitter.

"Relatives of some of the detainees said they were deprived of sleep, roughed up and interrogated with their heads covered while the government pressured them to sign over large assets", the article, published on Sunday, said.

"One person who saw the corpse of the officer, Maj".

The report alleges al-Qahtani's "neck was twisted unnaturally as though it had been broken" and his body also had burn marks, which were believed to be a result of electric shocks.

But he was a top aide to Prince Turki bin Abdullah, a son of the late King Abdullah and a former governor of Riyadh, and the interrogators may have been pressing the general for information about his boss, Prince Turki. "All those under investigation had full access to legal counsel in addition to medical care to address pre-existing, chronic conditions".

Saudi Arabia reportedly used coercion and physical abuse to extract billions of detainees during a crackdown on corruption.

All in all, at least 380 people were rounded up for questioning during the purge while 65 were held in custody at Riyadh's opulent Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Based on the assumption that another $100 billion would be added through an Aramco initial public offering, the kingdom's weighting would rise to about 4%, which would be bigger than Russia's weighting of 3.4%, for example.

Most of those detained were released after several months.

Saudi Public Prosecutor Sheikh Saud al-Moajab said the new anti-corruption prosecutorial units were created "within the framework of King Salman's keenness to combat corruption in all its forms", and will be supported with a conference of local and foreign experts in April focusing on "the protection of integrity and fighting corruption in privatization programs".

Saudi officials did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment, but the New York Times quoted the government rejecting the abuse claims as "completely untrue". Nearly no information has been released as to how the sums reclaimed from the prisoners were determined, and many of those formerly wealthy and powerful Saudis remain unclear as to what assets they've lost.

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