Anti-corruption probe widens: Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, the founder of Al Tayyar Travel is reportedly detained in an investigation by the new corruption body. According to Reuters news agency, Al Tayyar Traver, one of Saudi Arabia's biggest travel companies, said in a statement: "The company confirms the continuation of its business to serve the interests of its shareholders and customers." Bin Muqrin dies in crash: A helicopter carrying several Saudi officials, including Prince Mansour bin Muqrin Al Saud, crashed on Sunday near the Saudi-Yemeni border. The cause of the crash is still unknown. Saudi Arabia princes detained:Saudi Arabia dismisses a number of senior ministers and detained nearly a dozen princes in an investigation by a new anti-corruption committee.
Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption purge has widened after one of the country's top businessmen was reportedly detained, accounts were frozen and a no-fly list was drawn up. On Monday, Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, a board member at Saudi Arabia's biggest travel company, was reportedly added to the list detainees, which already included some of the country's most influential officials and entrepreneurs.
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.
US President Donald Trump has praised Saudi Arabia after the dismissal of a number of senior ministers and the detention of princes in what the state is calling an anti-corruption investigation. Last week's purge and detentions are widely being seen as an effort by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to assert his influence within the country. "I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing," Trump tweeted on Monday. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire businessman who owns the investment firm Kingdom Holding, was among those held last week, according to state media. Nasser bin Aqeel al-Tayyar, a board member of Saudi Arabia's biggest travel company, was also reportedly on the list.