AlWaleed bin Talal, just arrested in Saudi Arabia for corruption believed to have given upwards of $25M to Clinton Foundation.

What is going on? Some strange things are happening around the world. Hummm Makes me wonder what's coming. Heard more indictments coming Monday. 

Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 princes and Dozens of Former Ministers, Senior Saudi Royal Ousted

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Saturday removed a prominent prince who headed the National Guard, replaced the economy minister and announced the creation of a new anti-corruption committee.

The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel also reported late Saturday that 11 princes and dozens of former ministers were detained in a new anti-corruption probe headed by the kingdom’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was also named to oversee the new committee.

(Update: Also arrested was Trump Critic and billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent investor in US companies including Twitter and Citigroup, the New York Times reported.)

Al-Arabiya reported that the committee is looking into devastating and deadly floods that overwhelmed parts of the city of Jiddah in 2009 and is investigating the Saudi government’s response to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus that has killed several hundred people in the past few years.

Meanwhile, the kingdom’s top council of clerics issued a statement saying it is an Islamic duty to fight corruption— essentially giving religious backing to the high-level arrests being reported.

The government said the anti-corruption committee has the right to issue arrest warrants, impose travel restrictions and freeze bank accounts. It can also trace funds, prevent the transfer of funds or the liquidation of assets and take other precautionary measures until cases are referred to the judiciary.

The royal order said the committee was established “due to the propensity of some people for abuse, putting their personal interest above public interest, and stealing public funds.”

Saudi nationals have long complained of rampant corruption in government and of public funds being squandered or misused by people in power.

The 32-year-old crown prince has been seeking to attract greater international investments and improve the country’s reputation as a place to do business. It’s part of a larger effort to diversify the economy away from dependence on oil revenue.

The king ousted one of the country’s highest-level royals from power, removing Prince Miteb bin Abdullah as head of the National Guard. He was replaced by Prince Khalid bin Ayyaf al-Muqrin, who had held a senior post with the guard.

Prince Miteb’s father was the late King Abdullah, who also had led the National Guard and had transformed it into a powerful and prestigious force tasked with protecting the ruling Al Saud family, as well as important holy sites in Mecca and Medina, and oil and gas sites.

Prince Miteb was once considered a contender for the throne. His ouster as head of the National Guard essentially sidelines one of the most formidable rivals to the current crown prince, who has amassed enormous power in less than three years since his father, King Salman, ascended to the throne.

It comes just three months after Prince Mohammed bin Nayef was ousted from the line of succession and from his post as interior minister, overseeing internal security.

With the two princes now sidelined, control of the kingdom’s security apparatus is now largely centralized under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also defense minister.

The monarch also replaced Minister of Economy and Planning Adel Fakeih with his deputy, Mohammad al-Tuwaijri.

Admiral Abdullah Al-Sultan was also sacked as commander of Saudi Naval Forces and replaced by Admiral Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghifaili.

___http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/11/04/saudi-arabia-arrests-11-princes-dozens-former-ministers-senior-saudi-royal-ousted/

Batrawy reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

AlWaleed bin Talal, just arrested in Saudi Arabia for corruption believed to have given upwards of $25M to Clinton Foundation.


 



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What a coincidence!

JB, things stink to high heaven. 

Things just keep on getting stranger! Hummm, Me thinks Prince Tumbleweed may have had something to do with this. His followers anyway. 

BREAKING: Saudi Prince Mansour bin Muqrin Among Dead In Helicopter Crash Carrying Saudi Officials

A helicopter, carrying Saudi government officials has crashed in the Asir Region in southwest of the country, media reported.

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, the deputy governor of the Asir region, died in the crash along with several senior regional government officials, according to Al Arabiya News Agency.

The crash comes just a day after a ballistic missile launch was fired at an airport in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

List of those killed in the crash.

Prince Mansour bin Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
Deputy Governor of Asir
Secretary of Municipalities
Undersecretary
Governor of Moville County
Chief of Police
General Manager of Agriculture
Protocol Manager
And the crew.

http://breaking911.com/breaking-saudi-prince-mansour-bin-muqrin-amo...

What the heck is happening in Saudi Arabia — explained

US SHOULD SUPPORT SAUDI CROWN PRINCE’S PRO-AMERICA REFORMS.

Trump and Saudi king

Saudi Arabia’s reform-minded crown prince is implementing change in Riyadh at such breakneck speed that Westerners are having a hard time grasping what exactly is going on in the oil-rich nation.

Over the past few months, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (aka “MBS”) – who is heir to the throne and effectively rules the country for his elderly father, King Salman — has repeatedly shaken up the status quo, challenging the Salafist-extremist elements in Saudi Arabia.

In late October, he called for a more “moderate, open” Islam in his country, essentially ending the ancient pact between Saudi Wahhabist clerics and the ruling class.

In his battle against fundamentalist forces, bin Salman stripped Saudi Arabia’s infamously brutal Haia religious police of its powers. He also lifted the de facto ban on women driving and liberalized other long-observed customs, enraging fundamentalist factions in the country.

The Salafists represent the cultural blockades in a nation with demographics that includes over 50 percent of the population being below age 30.

Since being anointed crown prince, MBS has articulated a multi-pronged — but connected — approach to revitalizing his nation.

Recognizing that an economy wholly reliant on fossil fuel revenues is not sustainable, he has pushed for a modernized economy that encourages innovation, entrepreneurship, and outside investment. The Salafists, on the other hand, prefer a system of government handouts that allows them to not gain employment and instead preach radical Islamic doctrines.

This weekend, the 32-year-old monarch took his campaign to a new level, taking the unprecedented approach of targeting the once-untouchable, unaccountable class of royal-family members.

In total, 11 Saudi royal princes and four government ministers have been arrestedin an ongoing anti-corruption campaign. The Saudi government has not yet released what the individual charges are, but it is believed to be related to their abuses of power.

The most recognizable person swept up in the crackdown is billionaire prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a major investor in Citigroup and Twitter. In 2005, bin Talal also donated $20 million to Georgetown University in creating a pro-Muslim Brotherhood outpost at the school (the "Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding").

Skeptics view Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a man tightening his gripon power and monopolizing his platform to ensure his direct family will prevail over the throne for decades to come. In one such Washington Post screed, university professor Daniel Drezner declared MBS the “Kim Jong Un of the Persian Gulf.”

Drezner’s foreign policy thought process is the kind of thinking that leads to overthrowing allies and supporting Islamists over stable, pro-America monarchs (see: the tragic Obama administration policies in Libya and Egypt).

In the Middle East, striving for perfection is a fool’s errand. Sure, the crown prince should not be mistaken for an aspiring Jeffersonian Democrat, but he has already voiced his support for many initiatives that can directly advance the security interests of the United States.

The international spread of Wahhabism has plagued U.S. institutions for decades. Rogue members of the royal family have clandestinely supported international terrorist organizations that seek holy war against America.

It is essential, and unbelievably rare, to have a pro-America individual occupying the seat of power of the world’s most influential Sunni nation who is interested in countering these threats.

If Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is indeed tackling radical Islam and cracking the whip on corruption, he should be celebrated as a man who can fundamentally alter course for the better for U.S. interests in the region.

We don’t need to pretend that Saudi Arabia is a bustling liberal democracy, or insist that it must become one to support a promising course change in the Middle East.

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/what-the-heck-is-happen...

Trump seems to agree with it.

More Saudi purge! 

Saudi Purge Goes Nuclear: Over 1,200 Bank Accounts Frozen

One day after we reported that Saudi Arabia has started to freeze the accounts of the dozens of arrested royals, ministers and businessmen, in the process allowing Mohammed bin Salman to further cement control over the Kingdom, the Kingdom has taken its "money laundering" crackdown to the next level and on Tuesday, Saudi banks have frozen more than 1,200 accounts belonging to individuals and companies in the kingdom as part of the government’s anti-corruption purge, bankers and lawyers told Reuters, adding that "the number is continuing to rise."

Since the "countercoup" on Sunday, the Saudi central bank has been expanding the list of accounts it is requiring lenders to freeze on an almost hourly basis, a regional banker told Reuters, and while he did not name the companies affected , he said they included listed and unlisted firms across many sectors.

The banker also said that if the freezes stayed in place for long, they could start to hurt day-to-day business activities such as paying staff and creditors or making other transactions. A second banker said, however, that most of the frozen accounts belonged to individuals rather than companies, and that banks were being allowed by the regulator to continue to fund existing commitments.

In an e-mailed statement, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority, or SAMA, said suspension of bank accounts of “persons of interest” is in response to Attorney General’s request pending the legal cases against them, according to Governor Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey says in emailed statement.  SAMA clarified that individual accounts, rather than corporate businesses, have been put in suspension until final court rulings, and explained that - for now - corporate businesses remain unaffected, which means that are no restrictions on money transfers through proper banking channels. Assuming, of course, one isn't an "individual" on MbS's black list, and the money in the bank has effectively been nationalized.

For now, it remains unclear what the total potential haul from the bank account crackdown would be. Yesterday we reported that just the 4 billionaires named previously, and who were arrested over the weekend including Pricne Alwaleed, have no less than $33 billion in net worth at risk.

Among top business executives detained in the probe are billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of investment firm Kingdom Holding; Nasser al Tayyar, founder of Al Tayyar Travel; and Amr al-Dabbagh, chairman of builder Red Sea International. The stocks of all three companies, which have issued statements saying they continue to operate as normal, plunged another 9-10% on Tuesday.

So when could the confiscatory process end? As we jokingly suggested yesterday, the ruling Saudi royal family has realized that not only can it crush any potential dissent by arresting dozens of potential coup-plotters, it can also replenish the country's foreign reserves, which in the past 3 years have declined by over $250 billion, by confiscating some or all of their generous wealth, which is in the tens if not hundreds of billions. If MbS continues going down the list, he just may recoup a substantial enough amount to what it makes a difference on the sovereign account.

 

He will naturally also provoke enough anger to start civil unrest, if not a domestic war, but let's cross that bridge when we get to it.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-11-07/saudi-purge-goes-nuclear-o...

Strikes me as being a parallel to the Mueller investigations in the USA.  Perhaps there is/was more than one house to clean?

Saudi anti-corruption probe 'finds $100bn was embezzled'

Saudi Arabia's attorney general says at least $100bn (£76bn) has been misused through systemic corruption and embezzlement in recent decades.

Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said 201 people were being held for questioning as part of a sweeping anti-corruption drive that began on Saturday night.

He did not name any of them, but they reportedly include senior princes, ministers and influential businessmen.

"The evidence for this wrongdoing is very strong," Sheikh Mojeb said.

He also stressed that normal commercial activity in the kingdom had not been affected by the crackdown, and that only personal bank accounts had been frozen.

Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said investigations by the newly-formed supreme anti-corruption committee, which is headed by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, were "progressing very quickly".

He announced that 208 individuals had been called in for questioning so far, and that seven of them had been released without charge.

"The potential scale of corrupt practices which have been uncovered is very large," the attorney general said. "Based on our investigations over the past three years, we estimate that at least $100bn has been misused through systematic corruption and embezzlement over several decades."

Sheikh Mojeb said the committee had a clear legal mandate to move on to the next phase of its investigation and that it had suspended the bank accounts of "persons of interest" on Tuesday.

"There has been a great deal of speculation around the world regarding the identities of the individuals concerned and the details of the charges against them," he added. "In order to ensure that the individuals continue to enjoy the full legal rights afforded to them under Saudi law, we will not be revealing any more personal details at this time."

Among those reportedly detained are the billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, a son of the late king who was also removed from his post as National Guard chief on Saturday; and his brother Prince Turki bin Abdullah, a former governor of Riyadh province.


'No visible resistance'

By Frank Gardner, BBC security correspondent

It is the Saudi weekend now and the country is still reeling from the monumental changes taking place.

So far, so good, as far as the crown prince and his supporters are concerned. "Phase One", as the attorney-general calls it, is complete. Around 200 leading royal and business figures have been "called in for questioning" and there has been no visible resistance, no disaffected army hammering at the palace gates, no calls to arms on social media. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Saudi Arabia's overwhelmingly young population has largely welcomed this clean-out of the kingdom's notoriously profligate elite. The more hardline Wahhabi religious clerics, still licking their wounds from the crown prince's recent announcement that the country needs to become more tolerant of other religions, will also be welcoming the purge.

The questions on everyone's mind though, are how far will it go and who will be next?


Others are said to include Alwalid al-Ibrahim, owner of the television network MBC; Amr al-Dabbagh, former head of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority; Khalid al-Tuwaijri, former chief of the Royal Court; and Bakr Binladen, chairman of the Saudi Binladen Group.

At least some of them are believed to be held at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh's diplomatic quarter. Paying guests were asked to vacate their rooms late on Saturday and the hotel's exterior gate has been shuttered since Sunday.

On Tuesday, the US said it had urged the Saudi government to handle any prosecutions stemming from the probe in a "fair and transparent" manner.

Human Rights Watch meanwhile called on Saudi officials to "immediately reveal the legal and evidentiary basis for each person's detention and make certain that each person detained can exercise their due process rights".

The detentions follow a wave of other recent arrests of clerics, human rights activists and intellectuals, for which the authorities have not given specific reasons.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41932490

OH BOY! Read this! With all these sealed indictments coming out, this is looking more and more to be true. Trump tweeted this the other day! "The calm before the storm" "Wont be long now!"

Trump made Saudi his first visit bc he knew Podesta sold kids to now arrested Saudi Princes. Trump made deal to out Princes and expose Podesta. Kushner finalized deal on his unannounced trip. This is why HRC & DEEP STATE are in full panic mode. RT TO EXPOSE!

 

Saudi Princess’ tell-all includes Bangladeshi children traded as sex slaves

  • Published at 10:23 PM November 11, 2017
  • Last updated at 04:49 PM November 12, 2017
Saudi Princess’ tell-all includes Bangladeshi children traded as sex slaves
Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal and his ex-wife Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef COLLECTED

Orgies with underage girls, heavy drug and alcohol abuse

Saudi Princess Amira Bint Aidan Bin Nayef went on a rampage against the ruling Saudi regime in her exclusive statements to the French newspaper Le Monde, saying slavery in Saudi Arabia has different forms, but it is done in secrecy and permitted only among the primary beneficiaries of the princes of the House of Saud.

She mentioned one of the most repulsive things: buying and renting the children, especially the orphans, from countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Djibouti, Somalia, Nigeria, Romania and Bulgaria.

According to Aidan, the ex-wife of the Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, who was recently arrested in scope of the anti-corruption purges in the country, those who accuse others of corruption and money laundering, are in fact highly corrupted themselves.

Russian online newsportal Fort Russ reports quoting Aden’s interview on Le Monde, the princess said they’ve turned the city of Jeddah into a slave market where underage girls are being exploited for noisy sex parties involving drug and alcohol abuse.

She said that one of the main reasons why this keeps going on is that the members of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Saudi Sharia police) tend to keep away from the matter, fearing they might lose their jobs, should they intervene.

The newspaper quoted the princess as saying that a Hallowen event was recently held in Jeddah, and which was attended by 150 people, including employees of the consulates. The scene was like a typical nightclub anywhere outside the Kingdom, with available wines, dancing couples in fancy costumes, and a DJ.

Bint Aidan said the price of smuggled liquor in the country is very high. For instance, the price of the Smirnoff vodka is $400, sometimes forcing party organisers to refill the original bottles with a local wine called Siddiqui.

The children become the property of those who buy them and are not allowed to leave without permission.

Even the Asian maids who come to work often find themselves in a kind of slave-like position. Young girls are divided into smaller groups and exploited for immoral acts.

Trafficking of white women and exploiting them for sexual practices is also relatively common.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/world/middle-east/2017/11/11/saudi-prin...

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