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Ritz-Carlton reopens after 3-month Saudi purge, arrests

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Patty Aguilar | 12 February, 2018, 06:28

A source inside the hotel, which hosted US President Donald Trump during a visit previous year, earlier told AFP that all detainees had been removed from the property.

As service resumed at the hotel Sunday staff appeared to have been instructed not to talk to journalists about the purge. "It´s an honour (to be back)", said one foreign consultant as he waited for a luxury vehicle to take him to work.

He was freed from the hotel prison.

The attorney general said most of the detainees had agreed to a settlement and were let go. that the value of those settlements had surpassed $100 billion "including real estate, commercial entities, securities, cash and other assets". "You forget about it as soon as you´re in your room and you get lost in your own bubble".

Some Western media outlets had reported that the hotel would resume normal operations on February 14, while others had accurately what the hotel now officially confirmed that the date will be tomorrow.

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Prince Miteb was also released after agreeing to pay an unconfirmed sum believed to be billions of dollars. The attorney general has said the government had arranged to seize more than $106 billion through such agreements, an assertion Reuters has been unable to verify.

The campaign was criticised as a power grab by 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is aiming to overhaul the way the hugely conservative kingdom is run and stop its dependence on oil revenues.

A Ritz-Carlton hotel that was used to hold more than 200 princes and businessmen as part of Saudi Arabia's corruption purge re-opened to the public Sunday. Some of those who attended ended up as detainees.

Government officials said 56 people were still being detained late last month in prison, reports the BBC. The hotel's gates were reopened, the royal guards removed and the lobby's crystal chandeliers gleamed as before. "Everyone will visit just to take a picture".

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