Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman gesturing as he attends a graduation ceremony for the 93rd class of cadets of the King Faisal Air Academy in the capital Riyadh. (AFP / Saudi Royal Palace / BANDAR AL-JALOUD)
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Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince said the kingdom's anti-corruption crackdown was needed to meet budget targets, comparing the purge to chemotherapy in an interview with the Washington Post published on Wednesday.Authorities rounded up dozens of princes, top officials and businessmen in November on Prince Mohammad bin Salman's orders, with many confined and interrogated at Riyadh's glitzy Ritz-Carlton Hotel.Most detainees, including global investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, were released after being exonerated or reaching financial settlements with the government, which says it arranged to seize more than $100 billion through such deals.Details of the financial settlements are also being kept secret, and Reuters has been unable to verify the government's gross estimate.
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