Saudi releases billionaire prince Al-Waleed’s brother

Saudi releases billionaire prince Al-Waleed’s brother

The government critics said the crackdown was an attempt by the crown prince to sideline his potential rivals and consolidate power.

Prince Alwaleed told Fox News that an official Saudi investigation would show that the crown prince was not involved in Khashoggi's killing.

The latest move comes amid intense pressure on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

'It should have been a warning to us where this was going, ' said the former official.

Mutreb was a direct aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, while Tubeigy was the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics and a colonel in the Saudi army.

The government now appears keen to shore up internal royal family support to defuse the crisis.

Prince Khaled bin Talal was jailed at the end of previous year, a month after 200 princes, businessmen and officials were imprisoned under investigation in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton.

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The prince is the brother of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal - one of a group of royal family members and businessmen who were held in the lavish Ritz Carlton in Riyadh past year as part of an anti-corruption purge.

Princess Reem bint Alwaleed, Prince Khaled's niece, and two other relatives shared photos on Twitter on Friday showing the prince embracing his son, who has been in a coma for several years, and other family members.

But the Wall Street Journal reported that he was held for 11 months for criticising last year's mass detention of more than 200 princes, ministers and businessmen over allegations of corruption.

Israel's ambassador to the US Ron Dermer has criticized global double standards over the world's outcry following the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

It appeared similar to deals that authorities struck with most other detainees in exchange for their freedom.

Prince Alwaleed was released in early January after an undisclosed financial agreement with the government.

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