Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launches fresh purge as he sacks country’s top military commander in its war in Yemen and his son for ‘suspicious financial dealings’
- Top Saudi Arabian military commander and his son are removed from their posts
- Statement released by state-run media refers to ‘suspicious financial dealings’
- Lt Gen Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz is in charge of forces fighting in Yemen
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has launched a fresh purge after sacking the country’s top military commander in Yemen and his son for ‘suspicious financial dealings’.
Lt Gen Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz and his son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahad bin Turki, along with other officials, form part of an anti-corruption investigation, the kingdom said early on Tuesday.
The announcement attributed the actions to a referral by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 35-year-old son of King Salman who earlier carried out mass arrests as part of a similar anti-corruption drive that also targeted potential rivals to his rule.
Lt Gen Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, commander of Saudi forces in Yemen, and his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahad bin Turki, have been sacked due following ‘suspicious financial dealings,’ according to state media
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been behind several campaigns targeting focused on clamping down on corruption
A statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency referred to ‘suspicious financial dealings monitored at the Ministry of Defence,’ without elaborating.
As a result, the statement said the kingdom fired Lt Gen Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, a prince in Saudi Arabia’s large ruling family in charge of allied forces in the Saudi-led war in Yemen against Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.
Authorities also removed his son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahad bin Turki, from his position as the deputy governor of Saudi Arabia’s al-Jouf region in the kingdom’s northwest.
In 2017 the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Saudi capital of Riyadh was turned into a luxury prison following the mass arrest of businessmen, royals and others
The kingdom is investigating four other officials as well, all on the orders of 84-year-old King Salman, the statement said.
It was not immediately clear if those accused had been detained.
Anti-corruption officials ‘shall complete the investigation procedures with all relevant military and civil officials, take the necessary legal measures against them and submit the outcomes,’ the statement said.
After coming to power, Crown Prince Mohammed has been behind several anti-corruption campaigns, including turning Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel into a luxury prison in late 2017 as part of a mass arrest of businessmen, royals and others.