Saudi senior prince Miteb bin Abdullah, considered a rival son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been freed after more than three weeks in captivity. Miteb is the former head of the National Guard.
He is one of a dozen Saudi princes who were arrested and detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) who carried out a “clean” act of corruption some time ago. The committee, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, made a mass arrest including the top Saudi ministers, former ministers and top businessmen.
Information about Prince Miteb’s release came from a royal family member’s Twitter message on Tuesday. The government and Saudi officials have not confirmed their release.
“Omnipotent, thank you for …” Abeer bint wrote Khaled bin Abdullah, a member of the royal family, in a post on his Twitter account. He uploaded a photo of Prince Miteb by writing a message; “May God give you longevity, long life full of health, and look after you for us.”
Moaid Mahjoob, who identified himself as director of external relations for Princess Jawahar Al-Saud, another member of the Saudi royal family, also confirmed the release of Prince Miteb via Twitter. “Has been released and is at his home in Riyadh,” he wrote.
Another member of the royal family, Princess Nouf bint Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud, also posted a similar message on Twitter displaying a photo of Prince Miteb. “May you be granted salvation for us, Abu Abdullah,” he wrote, as quoted by Reuters on Wednesday (29). / 11/2017).
It is not yet clear how his senior prince’s release came about. However, a source familiar with the matter said that the Saudi authorities had dealt with some of those in detention, where prisoners were required to hand over assets and cash in exchange for their freedom.
In an interview with the New York Times published last week, Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that most of the approximately 200 entrepreneurs and officials arrested approved the asset transfer agreement to the government.
As a trained son of choice from the late King Abdullah, Miteb was once considered a major competitor in the seizure of the royal throne.
Before being fired through a royal decree on November 4, he led the Saudi National Guard, an internal security elite.
Miteb was also the last member of the Shammar Abdullah family to maintain a key position at the top of the Saudi power structure, after his brother; Mishaal and Turkey, were relieved of their post as governor in 2015.