A prince once considered a contender to Saudi Arabia's throne has been freed after being detained for weeks as part of a widespread crackdown on corruption, a senior member of the royal family told NBC News on Wednesday.
Miteb bin Abdullah, 65, was let go after agreeing to pay more than $1 billion to settle corruption allegations against him, Reuters reported earlier. The news agency cited an unnamed Saudi official involved in the crackdown. NBC News was not able to independently verify the report. Saudi officials were not immediately available for comment.
Miteb was released Tuesday, a cousin of the prince told NBC News on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
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"It is understood that [Miteb's] settlement included admitting corruption involving known cases," the official told Reuters, without giving details.
A second source close to the investigation said that the rest of the some 200 detainees — many of whom were being held in Riyadh's luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel in the capital, Riyadh — would be released in the coming days.