Saudi officer held under 'anti-corruption crackdown' died of broken neck

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Their wives and children have reportedly been prevented from travelling.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has quietly seized executive control over several major Saudi businesses linked to people he detained in his corruption crackdown.

Numerous detainees have been released so far after forking out exorbitant amounts reaching as high as one billion dollars.

The UK and Saudi Arabia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on developing new clean energy technologies.

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During months of captivity, many were subject to coercion and physical abuse, witnesses said.

According to the newspaper, the 17 detainees were hospitalised after facing abuse, while one Saudi general died in custody.

Financial advisers and associates of the detainees have told the New York Times that numerous assets of those detained have yet to be seized and most of those already seized are domestic real estate and shares of companies that could take years to liquidate.

The government has yet to actually seize numerous assets, leaving the former detainees and their families in limbo. "Even the house I am in, I am not sure if it is still mine".

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The announcement comes after a massive anti-corruption crackdown spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that saw numerous royals and prominent Saudi businessmen placed in detention until settlements were reached, netting the government over $106 billion in recovered assets. They are preparing them for the implementation of the Royal Order in June this year.

The hugely influential Saudi prince is visiting Egypt, Britain and the United States as part of a long foreign trip, his first as crown prince.

The Prime Minister said the visit of Imam-e-Ka'aba would further strengthen the existing close and brotherly ties between the people of the two countries.

The newspaper interviewed relatives, advisers, associates of the detainees, as well as Saudi officials, who denied the allegations. The official added that the detainees had "full access" to legal counsel and medical care.

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