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Saudi general 'may have been tortured to death'

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Terence Owen | 13 March, 2018, 13:46

Families who flew on private jets can not gain access to their bank accounts.

Their wives and children have reportedly been prevented from travelling.

Senior princes and prominent businessmen were detained in November as part of a declared anti-corruption campaign.

Most have since been released but they are hardly free.

"The United Kingdom's Department for International Development has come under fire from the aid sector for signing a 100 million British pound ($138.45 million) aid partnership with Saudi Arabia's development arm".

People familiar with the situation told the New York Times that numerous arrested princes and businessmen were subjected to coercion and physical abuse.

To leave the Ritz, numerous detainees not only surrendered huge sums of money, but also signed over to the government control of precious real estate and shares of their companies - all outside any clear legal process.

Meanwhile, Al Falih said the agreement would help support the country's Vision 2030 clean energy plans, which aims to diversify the state's energy mix away from a heavy reliance on oil and gas.

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"I would guess it is about evens that there will be no global IPO", one high-level source said, according to the agency.

A Saudi general may have been tortured to death during the royal purge headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi officials did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment, but the New York Times quoted the government rejecting the abuse claims as "completely untrue".

While evidence of such abuse has been slow to emerge, Western governmental officials are said to be confident of the credibility of these reports. One person who saw the corpse of the officer, Maj.

The report alleges al-Qahtani's "neck was twisted unnaturally as though it had been broken" and his body also had burn marks, which were believed to be a result of electric shocks. Critics say promises of transparency in the anti-corruption drive have not been kept, which is likely to make investors more nervous about doing business in the Kingdom, fearful that joint enterprises could be seized or vital business partners arrested without warning. "All those under investigation had full access to legal counsel in addition to medical care to address pre-existing, chronic conditions".

Several dozen others, whose names have not been disclosed, remain in custody in a prison outside of the capital and may stand trial, although the allegations against them have not been made public. The general was pronounced dead at a military hospital.

Even Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's wealthiest men, was locked up at the Ritz, according to the newspaper.

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