Saudi Crown Prince 'may survive Khashoggi crisis' due to crackdown

The killing has already severely tarnished Saudi Arabia’s global reputation.— File

The killing has already severely tarnished Saudi Arabia’s global reputation.— File

Prince Alwaleed was detained previous year with dozens of other wealthy Saudis in a move by the crown prince to consolidate power and reform the country.

The Saudi government has not offered an official explanation for Prince Khaled's arrest nor the conditions of his release.

A Saudi prince who is critical of the authorities has been released in an apparent concession to worldwide outrage over the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) posing for a selfie with an unidentified man near Saudi billionaire Prince al-Waleed bin Talal (R) during the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The crown prince's allies have said last year's crackdown was a fight against corruption and Prince Alwaleed agreed.

The government said the move was to combat corruption but critics said it was an attempt by Prince Mohammed to sideline his potential rivals and consolidate power.

The prince is the brother of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal - one of a group of royal family members and businessmen who were held in the lavish Ritz Carlton in Riyadh a year ago as part of an anti-corruption purge.

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Prince Alwaleed told Fox News that an official Saudi investigation would show that the crown prince was not involved in Khashoggi's killing.

It appeared similar to deals that authorities struck with most other detainees in exchange for their freedom.

Citing unnamed officials, Sabah reported on Sunday that the suitcases were then taken to the Saudi consul's residence near the consulate where the writer was killed on October 2.

The government now appears keen to shore up internal royal family support to defuse the crisis.

Release of other elites on cards?

'In the aftermath of the understandable global outrage at the Khashoggi murder, something will clearly have to give'.

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