1 September 2020
Lieutenant General Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, Commander of the Joint Forces in the Saudi-led war in Yemen was relieved of his duties and corruption investigations have been started against him. His father was a former deputy minister of defense.
His son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, deputy governor of Al-Jouf region, has also been relieved from his post and referred for investigation.
The above decision was implemented by a royal decree issued by King Salman and was based on a referral from the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS)to conduct an investigation regarding “suspicious financial dealings monitored at the Ministry of Defence,” according to the decree.
The anti-corruption authority Nazaha disclosed the financial corruption of both the father and son. It added that four other military officers were placed under investigation.
Critics say MBS is moving to get rid of rivals to his eventual succession to the throne. So he is now taking control of the country’s security apparatus and crack down on dissent.