Saudi Arabia today roundly rejected reports that a prominent prince had been killed in a sweeping anti-corruption purge of the kingdom's elite. Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd, a son of the late king Fahd, was rumoured to have been killed in custody or while resistingarrest amid the crackdown at the weekend.
The hashtag "death of Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd" has since featured on social media, fuelling fevered speculationonline. "There is no truth whatsoever to rumours circulating in media concerning Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahd," an informationministry spokesman said in a statement. "Prince Abdulaziz is alive and well."
Dozens of high-profile figures including princes, ministers as well as billionaire tycoon Al-Waleed bin Talal were swept up in the weekend crackdown -- just after an anti-graft commission headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanwas established.
It was the biggest purge of the kingdom's elite in modern Saudi history. Separately, on Sunday another prince, Mansour bin Moqren, was reported killed in a helicopter crash near the kingdom's southern border with Yemen. Authorities did not reveal the cause of the crash.