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    Detained Saudi billionaire Al Waleed says he expects to be released in days

    Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, detained in the kingdom’s sweeping crackdown on corruption, said on Saturday that he expected to be cleared of any wrongdoing and be released from custody within days.
    Prince Al Waleed was speaking in an interview with Reuters at his suite in Riyadh’s opulent Ritz-Carlton hotel, where he has been held for over two months along with dozens of other suspects.
    The prince, one of the nation’s most prominent tycoons, said he was continuing to maintain his innocence of any corruption in talks with authorities. He said he expected to keep full control of his global investment firm Kingdom Holding without being required to give up assets to the government.
    He also said he had been well treated in detention, describing rumours of mistreatment as completely false. He gave the interview partly in order to disprove such rumours, Prince Al Waleed said.
    The interview came as a number of other senior figures caught up in the corruption probe reached financial settlements with the government for their release. These include Waleed Al Ibrahim, the owner of MBC television network.
    More than 200 royals, officials and businessmen were arrested in the probe last November.
    thenational.ae

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