Saudi authorities have arrested the daughter of detained billionaire, Prince al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, as part of the oil-rich kingdom’s purported anti-graft campaign, which is considered the biggest purge of the elite in the country’s modern history.
Informed sources, requesting anonymity, told Arabic-language Arabi 21 online newspaper that Saudi authorities had detained Princess Reem on Thursday.
Her arrest marks the first of its kind among the female members of the Saudi royal family.
Dozens of princes, ministers and former ministers were detained on Saturday on the order of Saudi Arabia’s so-called Anti-Corruption Committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, in a crackdown, which is widely believed to be aimed at consolidating his power.
The detained individuals are facing allegations of money laundering, bribery, extorting officials and misappropriation of public funds for personal benefits.
Prince al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz, the chairman of investment firm Kingdom Holding Company, Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, the founder of Al Tayyar Travel Group, and Amr al-Dabbagh, the chairman of builder Red Sea International, are among the top business executives detained during the purge.