Riyadh Ritz-Carlton corruption purge Saudi hotel reopens

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, where dozens of high-profile Saudis were detained on corruption charges, will resume to guests on Sunday, Feb. 11 a source within the hotel confirmed to Arab News.

Liveried staff milled around under the ornate chandeliers of the hotel lobby, greeting a trickle of arrivals as they checked into rooms ranging from 2,489 riyals ($664) a night.

On Sunday, Reuters reports no trace of the hotel's prison past could be detected.

"Everything is normal", a smiling hotel employee said. "The only difference is the front gates are open".

He was freed from the hotel prison late last month.

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The iconic hotel is also where President Donald Trump stayed during his May visit to the kingdom.

At the end of January the Saudi prosecutor general's office said more than $100bn (£72bn) had been recovered. It was unclear if the remaining suspects had been moved to a prison facility. Late last month, he estimated that the value of those settlements had surpassed $100 billion "including real estate, commercial entities, securities, cash and other assets".

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman, launched the crackdown arresting Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest men, along with 10 other princes and several hundred politicians and wealthy businessmen.

The five-star Ritz Carlton in Riyadh became a detention last November and held businessmen, royal family members and ministers rounded up by authorities.

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