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Senior princes, including King Salman’s brother Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and his son Nayef, head of Land Forces Intelligence and Security Authority; and Mohammed bin Nayef, former Crown Prince and interior minister and his younger half-brother Nawaf, were arrested last week. Others who have reportedly been detained include the former head of intelligence, General Yusuf bin Ali al-Idrisi, and Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah. Mutaib was previously detained in the Ritz Carlton roundup of Nov 2017, when over 200 leading businessmen and senior royals were arrested and detained at the five-star Riyadh hotel in what was billed as a corruption crackdown.

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