Mohammad Al-Amoudi, the Ethio-Saudi Billionaire, Arrested by Saudi Arabia

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Abbay Media News
Yassin Ibrahim

The anti-corruption Committee of Saudi Arabia, led by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, detained 11 princes, 4 ministers and a number of wealthy businessmen on Saturday. The arrestees are all alleged to be corrupt and the action taken by the committee is considered to be a major step towards uprooting corruption and setting the stage for the country’s new vision. The committee also removed a number of ministers from their official positions and replaced them with new ones.

Among the detained group of the royal and the privileged is also a very famous businessman in Ethiopia – Mohammad Al-Amoudin. The half Ethiopian half Saudi billionaire once called the late Ethiopian tyrant Meles Zenawi his “right hand”. With his arrest the Ethiopian high ranking officials lost the major facilitator of money laundering, land grabbing and exporting of natural resources like gold.

The Crown Prince is the senior most prince next in-line for the throne, should King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud dies or gives up his position. Lately the Crown Prince has become the most trusted by the king and the most dominant. He is known to be the driving force behind the King’s 2030 vision for his country and getting rid of corruption is one of the necessary steps the king envisioned to reach his goal. The King’s 2030 vision is said to include getting the country’s economy out of oil dependency.

Here is the unofficial list of some of those detained:

– Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding

– Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, minister of the National Guard

– Prince Turki bin Abdullah, former governor of Riyadh province

– Khalid al-Tuwaijri, former chief of the Royal Court

– Adel Fakeih, Minister of Economy and Planning

– Ibrahim al-Assaf, former finance minister

– Abdullah al-Sultan, commander of the Saudi navy
– Bakr bin Laden, chairman of Saudi Binladin Group

– Mohammad al-Tobaishi, former head of protocol at the Royal Court

– Amr al-Dabbagh, former governor of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority

– Alwaleed al-Ibrahim, owner of television network MBC

– Khalid al-Mulheim, former director-general at Saudi Arabian Airlines

– Saoud al-Daweesh , former chief executive of Saudi Telecom

– Prince Turki bin Nasser, former head of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment

– Prince Fahad bin Abdullah bin Mohammad al-Saud, former deputy defence minister

– Saleh Kamel, businessman

– Mohammad al-Amoudi, businessman – Saudi born and half Ethiopian.