The Gulf kingdom is going through a turmoil. Hours after forming an anti-corruption commission, eleven princes and dozens of former government ministers have been arrested in Saudi Arabia so far. Reportedly, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the richest men in the world who owns the famous Savoy hotel in London, is one of the men to be detained. He also has shares in Twitter, Apple and Time Warner. However, officials are reluctant to give away any details regarding those who have been arrested.
Besides, a series of high-profile sackings jolted the country when the senior officials of the nation’s elite internal security force - Saudi National Guard and Navy were replaced. This comes hours after Saudi Arabia destroyed a 'ballistic missile' near Riyadh's King Khaled international airport after it was launched from Yemen. However, no injuries or damage were reported so far.
Earlier this evening, ahead of the arrests, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman established the anti-corruption commission by royal decree. He became the Prince this June this year after his father, King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud dethroned former Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naye. The 32-year-old prince has projected himself as a liberal reformer with a series of bold moves including the decision allowing women to drive from next June.In order to prevent any high-profile figures from leaving, the security forces had grounded private jets in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. The arrests come after Prince Mohammed welcomed thousands of global business tycoons to Riyadh for an investment summit.