Saudi Arabia 'Tortured' Elite Prisoners To Seize Their Wealth

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Saudi Arabia is planning to list up to five per cent of Saudi Aramco in an initial public offering that could value it at up to US$2 trillion and make it the world's biggest oil company by market capitalization.

Numerous detainees have been released so far after forking out exorbitant amounts reaching as high as one billion dollars.

The chances of Saudi Arabia choosing either London or NY as the destination for a massive stock market listing of oil giant Saudi Aramco, may be fading.

On the other hand, nothing is certain, as Crown Prince Mohammed favors NY and hopes USA legislators will offer the Kingdom regulatory concession to make that listing possible.

Officials have said they are in the process of recovering $107 billion (87 billion euros) seized in the crackdown, in the form of property, securities and cash, handed over by the suspects in exchange for their freedom.

Earlier this month, Forbes magazine said it was excluding all Saudi Arabian tycoons, including bin Talal, from its annual list of the world's richest people after the Saudi purge.

Prior to the game, Saudi Arabia's King Salman promised to build Iraq a stadium if they won on February 28.

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Prominent Saudis held in what Riyadh dubbed an anti-corruption campaign were subjected to coercion and physical abuse, the New York Times reported today, describing fear and uncertainty even after their release. The newspaper also reported that the body of one detainee who died in custody - Maj Gen Ali al-Qahtani - showed signs of abuse.

The report alleges al-Qahtani's "neck was twisted unnaturally as though it had been broken" and his body also had burn marks, which were believed to be a result of electric shocks.

Relatives of the captives said that some of the detainees were deprived of sleep, roughed up and interrogated with their heads covered while the government pressured them to sign over large assets.

But he was a top aide to Prince Turki bin Abdullah, a son of the late King Abdullah and a former governor of Riyadh, and the interrogators may have been pressing the general for information about his boss, Prince Turki.

Numerous 381 suspects, including princes, ministers and tycoons, remain under military surveillance and some have been forced to wear ankle bracelets that track their movements, the newspaper said. Even wives and children have been forbidden to travel.

The former detainees were quoted by the newspaper as saying that numerous released are being forced to wear tracking devices on their ankles.

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