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Saudi royals bribed top Al Arabiya official

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman’s close relationship with Turki bin Abdullah Aldakhil, the General Manager of Saudi-owned television station, Al Arabiya has come under fire. A report claimed that Mr Aldakhil’s income increased 11% beginning in February 2015, one month after he was appointed the general manager.

The Middle East Observer obtained documents that stated his investment in Saudi stock company, Alistithmar Capital was $2.24 million in February 2015. It increased to $25 million six months later. The documents also claimed he purchased property in Dubai during this time period for $4.6 million.

Grooming and, ultimately bribery of Mr Aldakhil began four years ago in 2012 according to The Middle East Observer in files it obtained from 2012-14. Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed transferred $316,000 to Mr Aldakhil’s account on 22 February 2012 which allowed him to purchase two properties in London, totalling $4.6 million.

This bribery began  by the UAE regime under Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. He bribed Aldakhil, and “groomed” him for his promotion last year. With the increase of stock investment, by Aldakhil, was most certainly under the influence of the UAE regime.

In April of this year, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud stressed his interest in doing away with corruption in his country. He emphasised that the rights of citizens were “more important” than his own. The Quran was the best instrument to protect against corruption, saying: “In some countries, the kings and heads of state have immunity from prosecution. But here, any citizen can file lawsuits against the king, crown prince or other members of the royal family. Thank God, our country is secure and stable, and any citizen can come address us by our first names, without any honorific title, just as citizens used to address our father.”

Royal Central will continue to follow this developing story.

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