Saudis say most detained in graft sweep agree to settlement

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Saudi Arabia's attorney general said talks to reach settlement agreements with suspects detained in the kingdom's declared crackdown on graft should conclude in a few weeks.

The crown prince has also said claims dubbing the anti-corruption probe a cover for power consolidation are "ludicrous", pointing out that many of those targeted had already pledged their support to him. At least three others have also agreed settlements, the officials said.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is running the country with his high handedness had ordered for the sweeping anti-corruption campaign.

Prince Miteb was minister of the National Guard, an elite security force with 100,000 personnel that is tasked with protecting royal leaders, but was sacked hours before his detention.

"We have experts making sure no businesses are bankrupted in the process", Prince Mohammed told The New York Times.

The audience was attended by Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Interior and Minister of State, Cabinet's Member and Chief of the Royal Court Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Issa, the agency added. Saudi's King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud told US President Donald Trump that any decision to move the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem before a permanent peace settlement is reached will inflame the feelings of Muslims, Saudi state-owned media said yesterday.

The prince hopes to recover much of the US$100bn that the attorney general said was "misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades".

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