The government has so far only announced that an anti-corruption probe was launched, with state-linked media reporting that dozens of princes and ministers were detained without releasing their names.In June this year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was appointed to the role after his father, King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, decided to depose former Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naye.He's also known for being among the most outspoken Saudi royals, long advocating for greater women's rights.He is also majority owner of the popular Rotana Group of Arabic channels.
Prince Al-Waleed first burst into the business-meets-politics scene in the late 1980s, when he began building what was to become a global empire of banks, luxury hotels and media holdings.
Prince Charles (left), flanked by Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal (second left), his wife Amira delivers a speech during a tour at the official re-opening of the Savoy Hotel in London, on November 2, 2010The king also ousted Prince Miteb bin Abdullah from his post as head of the National Guard overnight.
The prince is reportedly among those detained in the sweep, as is his brother, Prince Turki bin Abdullah, who was once governor of Riyadh.
According to local reports, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal is one of the men who has been detained in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's 'anti-corruption' sweep.
The billionaire owns the Savoy Hotel in London The country's national guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah and navy commander Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan have also both been replaced with no explanation.