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Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed freed

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has been released after he was locked up for more than 80 days at the posh Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh.

Prince Alwaleed was among dozens of other Saudi royals, businessmen and ministers who were arrested in early November last year. Many analysts described the crackdown which Saudis called an ‘anti-corruption’ probe, part of an effort to consolidate the position of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to become king.

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