The government roundup of royal family members and prominent businessmen continued in Saudi Arabia Monday, ensnaring Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, the founder of the kingdom's largest travel company Al Tayyar Travel. Arrests of prominent Saudi figures began Saturday just hours after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salma, adviser and favored son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, commissioned a powerful "anti-corruption" committee. Outside observers believe the arrests are targeted at consolidating power for the young prince, who at age 32 has caused a stir for ascending to power so quickly. Another person trapped in the arrest was international billionaire investor Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi wrote in the Washington Post Sunday that he applauds the idea of anti-corruption, but that the Crown Prince is acting like Russian leader Vladimir Putin with the mass arrests.
November 4, Saudi Arabia began a new "anti-corruption" purge. US's Tillerson concerned over Saudi purge. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's recent political purge raises concerns and remains unclear but does not appear to amount to mass arrests, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday. "It's my understanding that they're characterising these as not really arrests at this point but they're presenting people with evidence of what they think the wrongdoing is to see if there's a willingness to want to make things right," he said. "It raises a few concerns until we see more clearly how these particular individuals are dealt with," Tillerson added.
Top Indian cricketer Mohammad Shami has been charged with attempt to murder following a complaint by his wife. Shami was dropped from a list of contracted players for the national team announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on 8 March. Police say the charges against the 27-year-old fast bowler include domestic violence, rape, attempted murder and criminal intimidation. Shami has represented India 87 times in all formats of the game since 2012. He has denied his wife Hasin Jahan's claims, who first accused him of adultery, making public a series of messages that Shami allegedly sent to women during their four-year marriage.
Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan has been banned for a year by the Pakistan Cricket Board for twice failing to report approaches by bookmakers linked to spot-fixing. The 7ft 1in bowler was one of three players suspended following an anti-corruption investigation focused on the Pakistan Super League. Six months of the ban will be suspended if Irfan, 34, fulfils certain conditions imposed on him. In February, the PCB announced it was investigating "an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the PSL". Internationals Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, who both play for Islamabad United alongside Irfan, have been provisionally suspended.