Saudi Economy Minister Mohammed al-Tuwaijri is sworn in, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 6, 2017. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION
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Saudi Arabia's newly established anti-corruption committee overseeing the arrests of top princes and officials said Monday that evidence of widespread corruption has been uncovered among "influential officials and senior executives" and that trials will soon be held, the first tacit government acknowledgement of the seniority of those under investigation.Eleven princes and 38 officials and businessmen are reportedly being held at five-star hotels across the capital, Riyadh.A member of the anti-corruption committee, Khalid al-Mehaisen, described the investigations as "a very difficult task when it involves influential officials and senior executives". He said preliminary investigations were happening over the past three years, leading up to the arrests.
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